AUBURN AL - OCTOBER 23: Zach Clayton #98 of the Auburn Tigers pressures quarterback Jarrett Lee #12 of the LSU Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on October 23 2010 in Auburn Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Coming out of nowhere to become Tennessee's first seventh round selection is Auburn defensive tackle Zach Clayton. It's pretty evident that Tracy Rocker saw that one of his boys was available and went after him hard. Clayton's not a physical freak and he's not a big time contributor, but scouts liked his measurables and work ethic. If you haven't noticed the theme that Munchak and his men are going with, well, let's just say that things are going to look a little different around here.
Despite being a very lightly regarded prospect, Clayton blew up his Pro Day and really impressed some scouts. He really wasn't known for being particularly athletic, but the numbers don't lie: He ran a sub-five second forty yard dash both times, he put up 27 bench press reps, and had a 30 inch vertical leap. He's drawn nothing but praise from those close to him:
"You know one of those guys that just makes it look easy? Like, ‘I could do that,’ then you go out there and it’s not that easy? Zach makes the whole thing look easy," freshman DT Jeffrey Whittaker said. "He is one of the people that really earned his right of starting. He’s a beast. He’s unblockable. Unblockable."
If Rocker is right about this guy, I'm sure we'll be singing his praises for getting a nice rotational contributor. He's got the size, he's got the motor, and from what it sounds like, he's got the ability, let's see if any of this potential we're hearing about can be tapped in to.