Only one Commodore will be headed to the 2016 NFL Draft Combine in Indianapolis - redshirt junior Stephen Weatherly.
Weatherly declared for the draft after a 4-8 season at Vanderbilt. The 6'5, 250-pound outside linebacker developed into the team's most dangerous edge rusher in two years under head coach Derek Mason's tutelage. He had 22 tackles for loss, eight sacks, and three forced fumbles in 2014 and 2015.
And also, his favorite TV show is Teen Wolf.
With his size, strength, and athleticism, Weatherly has the ability to play as a pass rushing outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense or as defensive end in a 4-3 alignment. He actually began his career on the defensive line and spent two seasons as an end before Mason recognized his speed would be a greater attribute at OLB.
Weatherly was the only Commodore to be invited to the Combine, but the team has several other players who could wind up being drafted this spring. Defensive lineman Caleb Azubike is an athletic specimen who can play multiple positions and is still a relatively raw prospect. Steven Scheu is an All-SEC tight end who struggled as a senior but still has the size and blocking ability to find a home in the NFL. Spencer Pulley and Jake Bernstein are both reliable interior linemen who could make a difference at the next level.