NFL Depth Charts: Where 37 VFLs in NFL, 8 ex-Vols and 6 Knoxville players are; 8 projected starters

Pittsburgh, PA – September 30, 2019 – Heinz Field: Cameron Sutton (20) of the Pittsburgh Steelers during a regular season Monday Night Football game
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By Vince Ferrara / @VinceSports

Here’s a review of all the University of Tennessee players now on NFL expanded rosters with current depth chart projections from

You’ll also find below the list of players that were at UT at one time before transferring and finishing their careers elsewhere as well as players that have local ties to the Knoxville area that did not attend the University of Tennessee.

Since our last update, the Saints did not offer a contract to exclusive rights free agent LB Colton Jumper (VFL,) the Falcons signed rookie free agent RB Nathan Cottrell (Knoxville/West HS/Georgia Tech) and the Chargers signed rookie free agent OL Nathan Gilliam (Knoxville/Farragut HS/Wake Forest.)

I’ve updated numerous jersey numbers as some of the rookies are starting to get numbers assigned to them.

Look for updates here on my blog “Vince’s View.” Bookmark my blog page and check back often.

Notes and Numbers On UT Players
*37 U. of Tennessee players on expanded NFL rosters
*Seattle, San Francisco, LA Rams, Philadelphia & New Orleans have most current UT players with 3
*NFC West is the division most represented with VFLs with 9 total players
*DL is the largest position represented with 8
*20 of the 32 teams have a UT player on active rosters
*There are 8 players that were once at U. of Tennessee but then transferred (see full list below)
*There are 6 players that didn’t attend UT, but have Knoxville/East TN ties (see full list below)
*8 Vols are projected as starters right now, excluding special teams
*Rookies: 5 VFLs, 2 one-time Vols and 3 Knoxville area non-UT players on current rosters
*7 players went to high school in Knoxville area (B. Colquitt, L. Smith, H. Smith, R. Cobb, T. Higgins, N. Cottrell, N. Gilliam)

Tennessee Volunteers On NFL Rosters as of 5/23/20 (37)
x = Rookie
AFC East (4)
TE – Jason Croom (80) Buffalo Bills   – 5th team TE
FB/TE – Jakob Johnson (47) New England Patriots   – 6th team TE
WR – Josh Malone (83) New York Jets   – 2nd team WR
DE – Kyle Phillips (98) New York Jets   – 2nd team DE
NONE – Miami Dolphins

AFC North (4)
LS – Morgan Cox (46) Baltimore Ravens   – Starting LS
S – Nigel Warrior (39) Baltimore Ravens – x   – 5th team SS
NT – Dan McCullers (93) Pittsburgh Steelers   – 2nd team NT
DB – Cameron Sutton (20) Pittsburgh Steelers   – 2nd team NB
NONE – Cincinnati Bengals
NONE – Cleveland Browns

AFC South (3)
OG – Zach Fulton (73) Houston Texans   – Starting RG
QB – Joshua Dobbs (1) Jacksonville Jaguars   – 3rd team QB
DL/LB – Jordan Williams (52) Tennessee Titans   – 2nd team DT
NONE – Indianapolis Colts

AFC West (4)
OT – Ja’Wuan James (70) Denver Broncos   – Starting RT
ILB – Alexander Johnson (45) Denver Broncos   – Starting ILB
DE – Kendal Vickers (78) Las Vegas Raiders   – 3rd team DT
TE – Jason Witten (82) Las Vegas Raiders   – Starting TE
NONE – Kansas City Chiefs
NONE – Los Angeles Chargers

NFC East (4)
DB – Rashaan Gaulden (38) New York Giants   – 4th team CB
DE – Derek Barnett (96) Philadelphia Eagles   – Starting DE
TE – Alex Ellis (85) Philadelphia Eagles   – 4th Team TE
DT – Malik Jackson (97) Philadelphia Eagles   – 2nd Team DT
NONE – Dallas Cowboys
NONE – Washington Redskins

NFC North (5)
QB – Tyler Bray (9) Chicago Bears   – 3rd Team QB
WR/KR – Cordarrelle Patterson (84) Chicago Bears   – Starting WR & KR
CB – Justin Coleman (27) Detroit Lions   – Starting NB
OLB – Jalen Reeves-Maybin (44) Detroit Lions   – 2nd Team OLB
P – Britton Colquitt (2) Minnesota Vikings   – Starting P
NONE – Green Bay Packers

NFC South (4)
P – Michael Palardy (5) Carolina Panthers   – Starting P
RB – Alvin Kamara (41) New Orleans Saints   – Starting RB
DT – Shy Tuttle (99) New Orleans Saints   – 3rd team NT
WR – Marquez Callaway (12) New Orleans Saints – x   – 6th team WR
NONE – Atlanta Falcons
NONE – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFC West (9)
RB – John Kelly (42) Los Angeles Rams   – 4th team RB
TE – Ethan Wolf (84) Los Angeles Rams   – 6th team TE
LB – Daniel Bituli (49 D) Los Angeles Rams   – 4th team ILB
DE – Jonathan Kongbo (61) San Francisco 49ers   – 4th team DE
CB – Emmanuel Moseley (41) San Francisco 49ers   – 3rd team CB
WR – Jauan Jennings (81) San Francisco 49ers – x   – 6th team WR
OG – Kahlil McKenzie (62) Seattle Seahawks   – 3rd team RG
DE/OLB – Darrell Taylor (58) Seattle Seahawks – x   – 3rd team Leo DE/OLB
TE – Dominick Wood-Anderson (46) Seattle Seahawks – x   – 4th team TE
NONE – Arizona Cardinals

UT Players In The NFL By Position (37)
QB – 2
RB – 2
WR – 4
TE – 5
FB – 1
OL – 3
DL – 8
LB – 4
DB – 5
P – 2
PK – 0
LS – 1

Free Agents To Watch from University of Tennessee
S – Micah Abernathy
S – Eric Berry
P – Dustin Colquitt
P – Trevor Daniel
P – Matt Darr
LB – Colton Jumper
LB – LaTroy Lewis
TE – Luke Stocker
OL – James Stone

One-Time Vols That Transferred To Other Schools On NFL Rosters (8)
x = Rookie
TE – Eli Wolf (87) Baltimore Ravens (U. of Tennessee/Georgia) -x   – 4th team TE
TE – Lee Smith (85) Buffalo Bills (Powell HS/U. of Tennessee/Marshall)   – 3rd team TE
P – Tommy Townsend (–) Kansas City Chiefs (U. of Tennessee/Florida) – x   – 2nd team P
QB – Nathan Peterman (3) Las Vegas Raiders (U. of Tennessee/Pitt)   – 3rd team QB
WR – Preston Williams (18) Miami Dolphins (U. of Tennessee/Colorado St)   – 2nd team WR
DE/LB – Dewayne Hendrix (40) Pittsburgh Steelers (U. of Tennessee/Pitt)   – 3rd team OLB
TE – Daniel Helm (43) San Francisco 49ers (U. of Tennessee/Duke)   – 3rd team TE
WR – Jalen Hurd (14) San Francisco 49ers (U. of Tennessee/Baylor)   – 2nd team WR

Knoxville Area Players That Didn’t Play At UT on NFL Rosters (6)
x = Rookie
WR – Tee Higgins (85) Cincinnati Bengals (Oak Ridge HS/Clemson) – x   – Starting WR
P – Chris Jones (6) Dallas Cowboys (Carson-Newman)   – Starting P
WR – Randall Cobb (18) Houston Texans (Alcoa HS/Kentucky)   – Starting Slot WR
RB – Nathan Cottrell (31) Jacksonville Jaguars (West HS/Georgia Tech) – x   – 4th team RB
OL – Nathan Gilliam (63) Los Angeles Chargers (Farragut HS/Wake Forest) – x   – 3rd team RG
S – Harrison Smith (22) Minnesota Vikings (Catholic HS/Notre Dame)   – Starting SS

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