Fulton, McCullers selected in NFL draft, Richardson goes undrafted

NEW YORK (release) -- Offensive lineman Zach Fulton was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft with the 193rd overall selection.

"I'm very excited to be a Chief," Fulton told KCChiefs.com. "I'd say my toughness is my biggest strength."

Fulton is the 336th all-time draft pick from Tennessee, the most of any school in the SEC.

Fulton will be the fourth Vol on the Kansas City Chiefs' roster, joining safety Eric Berry, punter Dustin Colquitt and quarterback Tyler Bray.

Fulton is the ninth Tennessee product drafted by the Chiefs all-time, joining Berry -- the most recent pick in 2010 -- and the likes Dale Carter in 1992, Jeff Smith in 1996 and Dustin Colquitt in 2005. Smith, a center, is the only other Vol offensive lineman selected by Kansas City.

He joins offensive lineman Ja'Wuan James as the first two Tennessee products selected in this year's draft. James was taken in the first round by the Miami Dolphins (19th overall) on the draft's opening night.

Fulton is the second lineman selected from Tennessee this season, joining James.

Fulton played in the 2014 East West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla. He started all 12 games at right guard in 2013 and started 40 of his final 43 career games at the position.

A native of Homewood, Ill., Fulton was a part of the Vols offensive line that blocked for 2,261 yards this season, the most for Tennessee since 2004 and the second-most since 1999.

Over the course of the season, the Vols offensive line helped UT to five 200-yard rushing games and a 1,000-yard rusher in Rajion Neal, the first 1,000 yard rusher since Poole in 2010.

With Fulton joining the Chiefs, the squad now has two offensive linemen coached by Vols head coach Butch Jones and offensive line coach Don Mahoney, as they most mentored 2013 No. 1 overall selection Eric Fisher at Central Michigan.
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NEW YORK -- Defensive lineman Daniel McCullers is headed to the Pittsburgh Steelers after being selected in the 6th round of the 2014 NFL Draft with the 215th overall selection. He is the 337th all-time draft pick from Tennessee, the most of any school in the SEC. He joins offensive linemen Ja'Wuan James and Zach Fulton as the first three Tennessee products selected in this year's draft. James was taken in the first round by the Miami Dolphins (19th overall) on the draft's opening night.

McCullers is the first defensive lineman selected from Tennessee since Malik Jackson was picked in the fifth round of the 2012 draft by the Denver Broncos.

He is the 17th Tennessee product drafted by the Steelers and the first since offensive lineman Chris Scott in 2010. The first Vol ever taken by Pittsburgh was UT's only three-time All-American Bob Suffridge in 1941.

The massive McCullers, who stands 6-7, 352, posted 72 tackles in his two seasons with the Vols after transferring in from Georgia Military College. McCullers was named to the preseason watch lists for the Outland, Bednarik and Nagurski Trophies in 2013. He was also a 2013 preseason All-SEC second-team selection.

McCullers played in the 2014 Reese's Senior Bowl and participated in the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

As a senior, McCullers made 33 tackles including 4.5 tackles for a loss in starting all 12 games at nose tackle. McCullers was second on the team quarterback hurries with four and blocked one kick -- the second block of his career. He had six tackles including a career-high 2.5 tackles for loss in the Vols' upset win over South Carolina.

A native of Raleigh, N.C., McCullers played his first two college seasons at Georgia Military College and made 64 total tackles.
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(UNDATED) -- Tennessee offensive lineman Antonio "Tiny" Richardson went undrafted. Richardson left Tennessee early and was projected to go as early as the second round.

As the picks rolled on, Richardson tweeted, "Never saw this coming. With that being said this doesn't shake me! #BLESSED"

Richardson will now attempt to make an NFL roster via the undrafted free agency route.


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