INDIANAPOLIS -- There's a trio of phenomenally talented Tennessee wide receivers at the 2013 NFL Combine. Cordarrelle Patterson, Justin Hunter and Da'Rick Rogers (who was suspended by the Vols last August and finished his college career at Tennessee Tech) are all top-100 players on the NFLDraftScout.com big board.
And the three, according to Hunter, have some friendly bets going as to who performs best at the combine.
"We definitely have made a bet about who's going to run the fastest time," Hunter said. "I definitely made a bet with Da'Rick about who's going jump the highest. So I've got a lot on my plate to prove."
All three guys have major question marks -- Hunter with injuries, Rogers with his suspension for failing drug tests, Patterson with long-term production after stepping in from JUCO last season -- but all three have major upside as well. Hunter believes by the end of the trip to Indy, he'll be the last man standing.
"I just know I'm going to beat both of them, and they're going to have to respect me then," Hunter said.
On our player pages, Patterson's got the fastest recorded time. But Hunter's expecting an eye-popping number and said he wants "at least" a 4.3.
"Anything in the 4.3s, at least," Hunter said. "If I get a 4.2, I'll be happy."
The best time Hunter's ever posted is a 4.35 so maybe this is a bit of a stretch. We'll see.
Rogers has lower expectations, but still expects to be "fast."
“I know it is going to be fast, let's put it like that," Rogers said. "Somewhere in the low 4.4s and hopefully we can get better than that. It is a grind, but we'll see."
Of course, most of the focus on Rogers isn't involving his 40 time -- it's the off-field issues that people are talking about. Fortunately for Rogers his decision to be honest and upfront with teams and the media appears to be paying off.
Which is precisely what the person with the slowest 40 time among the Tennessee wideouts will be doing soon.
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