KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Tennessee has been shut out of the NFL draft for the first time since 1963.
When the seventh and final round ended Saturday without any Volunteers getting chosen, it ended a string of 51 consecutive drafts in which at least one Tennessee player was selected.
The only schools that owned longer active streaks of having at least one player drafted each year were Notre Dame, Michigan, Southern California, Michigan State, Florida and Nebraska, according to STATS. Notre Dame’s streak includes one year _ 1977 _ in which its sole selection came in the supplemental draft. All six of those schools continued their streaks this year.
Tennessee’s top senior for much of last season was linebacker A.J. Johnson, who got suspended from the team in November and was indicted in February on aggravated rape charges.
The only Tennessee player who participated in the NFL Scouting Combine was cornerback Justin Coleman.