first_imgTennessee's Justin Coleman went undrafted, meaning the Vols didn't have a player taken for the first time since 1963.Tennessee’s Justin Coleman went undrafted, meaning the Vols didn’t have a player taken for the first time since 1963.For the first time since 1963, Tennessee was not represented in the NFL draft.In a draft that included players from Tennessee State, Memphis and Chattanooga, the Vols were left out, bringing an end to their 51-year streak of selections. No Vanderbilt players were taken in the draft, either.It’s only the fourth time in draft history that Tennessee has been unrepresented. The Vols also were shut out in 1938, 1960 and 1963.TSU tops Vols, Vanderbilt in NFL draftCornerback Justin Coleman, Tennessee’s best chance at a selection, had been projected as high as a fifth-round pick, but he ended up signing with Minnesota as a free agent after the draft’s conclusion.Coleman, a Brunswick, Ga., native, participated in the NFL Combine and impressed by completing 20 reps on the bench press and demonstrating high-level speed and agility. That wasn’t enough for him to crack the draft, though.A.J. Johnson, the Vols’ star linebacker last season, had long been thought of as a shoo-in for selection. But rape charges removed him from teams’ draft boards. Johnson has pleaded not guilty.NFL draft picks by roundAt least two other Tennessee players signed free-agent contracts Saturday. Punter Matt Darr landed with the Dolphins, and defensive lineman Jordan Williams signed with the Jets, Tennessee announced. Darr punted 80 times for an average of 42 yards his senior season with the Vols. Williams recorded 27 tackles and two sacks in 2014.Tennessee’s chances of having a player selected in the 2016 draft seem rosier than this season’s prospects. Cornerback Cameron Sutton and hybrid linebacker Curt Maggitt are among the early candidates for selection.Reach Matt Slovin on Twitter @MattSlovin.last_img