May 10, 2014
NEW YORK -- Offensive lineman Zach Fulton was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft with the 193rd overall selection.
"I'm very excited to be a Chief," Fulton told KCChiefs.com. "I'd say my toughness is my biggest strength."
Fulton is the 336th all-time draft pick from Tennessee, the most of any school in the SEC.
Fulton is the ninth Tennessee product drafted by the Chiefs all-time, joining Berry -- the most recent pick in 2010 -- and the likes Dale Carter in 1992, Jeff Smith in 1996 and Dustin Colquitt in 2005. Smith, a center, is the only other Vol offensive lineman selected by Kansas City.
He joins offensive lineman Ja'Wuan James as the first two Tennessee products selected in this year's draft. James was taken in the first round by the Miami Dolphins (19th overall) on the draft's opening night.
Fulton is the second lineman selected from Tennessee this season, joining James.
Fulton played in the 2014 East West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla. He started all 12 games at right guard in 2013 and started 40 of his final 43 career games at the position.
A native of Homewood, Ill., Fulton was a part of the Vols offensive line that blocked for 2,261 yards this season, the most for Tennessee since 2004 and the second-most since 1999.
Over the course of the season, the Vols offensive line helped UT to five 200-yard rushing games and a 1,000-yard rusher in Rajion Neal, the first 1,000 yard rusher since Poole in 2010.
With Fulton joining the Chiefs, the squad now has two offensive linemen coached by Vols head coach Butch Jones and offensive line coach Don Mahoney, as they most mentored 2013 No. 1 overall selection Eric Fisher at Central Michigan.