OFFENSIVE NEEDS ON LINE:G,RT
Dallas Thomas: The Volunteers moved Thomas to left guard for 2012 and that looks like his best position for the NFL given his body type. He was excellent in the first game versus N.C. State in run blocking and in pass protection. Thomas continued that in SEC play. His pass protection was strong while being an effective run blocker. Thomas played well against Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi State. He had some good battles against Georgia and huge defensive tackle John Jenkins who we will talk about later. Thomas could use another 10-15 pounds of bulk for the next level to move linemen in the ground game. He has the frame to add the weight, and he looks like a quick starter in the NFL. 6'5 315 Note: Jets will not take Warmack at 9.
Right Tackle:Brennan Williams
Williams broke into the starting lineup at right tackle as a junior. He had an excellent season as a lead run-blocker for running back Giovanni Bernard. The red - shirt freshman ran for 1,253 yards and 13 touchdowns. Williams was one of Bernard's best blockers. If Williams continues to improve, he looks like he could be a second-day pick with the ability to be a starting right tackle in the NFL.
Jenkins has 50 tackles with two tackles for a loss and a sack in 2012. He stood out with good games against Missouri, South Carolina, Florida and Auburn. Jenkins played well in the SEC Championship and beat Alabama guard Chance Warmack for a sack.
Jenkins is a load at the line of scrimmage who can collapse the pocket while stuffing runs. He's helped his stock this season.
The junior college product Jenkins showed off massive size with some surprising athleticism in his debut last year for the Bulldogs. The junior had 28 with six tackles for a loss and three sacks.
Jenkins is a massive load at the line of scrimmage. He is a natural fit as a zero-technique nose tackle in a 3-4 defense. It helps that Jenkins already plays that position for Georgia.
- Montori Hughes:
Hughes had 42 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss, four sacks and a pass broken up in 2012.
Hughes was kicked off of Tennessee's team, so he ended up transfering to Tennessee-Martin, an FCS school. The junior had a mixed season for the Volunteers in 2011 with 28 tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss, one sack, and one forced fumble, which he recovered. He recorded most of his stats (10 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss, his sack and his fumble) against Eastern Illinois, a team that went 2-9 in 2011.
Hughes recorded 17 tackles with 3.5 tackles for a loss and a forced fumble in 2010. The sophomore had some academic violations that caused him to be suspended for the season finale against Kentucky. Hughes combines athletic ability and good size.