Former Tennessee RB Alvin Kamara drafted in third round
Former Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara was selected No. 67 overall by the New Orleans Saints in the third round of the NFL Draft on Friday night.
It wasn’t until later in his career that we saw his greatness. Kamara was overshadowed by a high-profiled Jalen Hurd, but following Hurd’s transfer from Tennessee, Kamara really came into his own. Kamara rushed for 596 yards and nine touchdowns while adding 392 receiving yards and four touchdowns in 2016. He scored 23 total touchdowns in just 284 touches during his career, and in 2016, he led the Vols with 1,188 all-purpose yards and 13 touchdowns.
During Kamara’s junior season, he broke a Tennessee record with 312 all-purpose yards against Texas A&M, and that’s when heads started to turn.
Kamara originally singed with Alabama out of high school. He was rated as a four-star prospect and the country’s No. 2 running back and the state of Georgia’s No. 2 prospect in 2014. Because of Alabama’s loaded backfield, he then transferred to Hutchinson Community College and then on to Tennessee.
Listed at 5-foot-10, 215 pounds, Kamara has prototypical NFL size and speed for a running back, and teams see him as a three-down back. He also could be a weapon on special teams, as he has talent as a punt returner.
He’s missed some time during his career with a knee injury, but as long as he can stay healthy, Kamara should be a weapon in the NFL.