The NFL's college advisory committee prompted mixed responses from three Tennessee juniors considering leaving school early.
Linebacker Jerod Mayo was projected to be a late second- or early third-round pick and is expected to forgo his senior season and enter April's NFL draft, a source said.
Tailback Arian Foster was told he likely would be a second-round pick and is still contemplating his decision. Foster is thought to be leaning towards going pro, the source said.
Offensive lineman Anthony Parker was told he'd be a fourth-round pick and is expected to return for his senior season.
Official announcements for the trio are expected this week.
Mayo has yet to meet with UT coach Phillip Fulmer.
Mayo was UT's leading tackler by a wide margin last season with 140 stops. Fellow linebacker Rico McCoy was second with 106.
Foster was UT's leading rusher with 1,193 yards last season, starting all 14 games. With 2,394 rushing yards, Foster is in reach to set the school record held by Travis Henry (1997-2000) with 3,078.
Parker has proven a rock at guard for the Vols, starting 26 games in two seasons for UT on the right and left side. Parker said before the Outback Bowl that he would consider his injury history when making his NFL decision. Parker has dealt with lingering knee issues throughout his career.
Tennessee freshman Eric Berry was one of two safeties named to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-American team.
Berry is the fourth freshman Vol honored in the seven-year history of the team, joining former UT receiver Kelley Washington (2001), kicker James Wilhoit (2003) and cornerback Roshaun Fellows (2003).
Two other SEC players were named to the 28-member team; Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain and Georgia tailback Knowshon Moreno.
Berry was named first-team on 11 of the 12 ballots cast by the FWAA panel, which consists of a select journalist from each of the Division I-A conferences and another representing the nation's independents.
A record 104 players were nominated.
Berry had three tackles and a forced fumble in the Vols' 21-17 victory over Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl.
A second-team All-SEC selection, Berry led UT with five interceptions, which he returned for 222 yards. Berry also had two fumble recoveries returned for 55 yards and was fourth on the team with 86 tackles.
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