A couple of former Vols ranked as top 25 NFL prospects

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Josh Palmer is No. 1 on the list.

He had three touchdowns in the last five weeks of Los Angeles' season as Keenan Allen and Austin Ekeler missed some time. Palmer wasn't physically dominating, but he had a knack for doing work at the catch point. His production came despite finishing with the 13th-lowest amount of cushion according to NFL's Next Gen Stats.

The extremely exciting part is that Palmer is dialed into one of the best offenses in the NFL. Allen might not be washed up yet, but he turned 30 in April and will eventually leave a target vacuum to be filled. Palmer has also already earned his quarterback's confidence.

"This year it's a different Josh Palmer out there. He knows exactly where he's going. We throw a bunch after practice. I feel comfortable with him," Justin Herbert told reporters in June.

Jauan Jennings is No. 18.

Speaking about his third-year receivers -- Jennings and Brandon Aiyuk -- in OTAs, Kyle Shanahan said: "They've had as good an offseason as they've had since they've been in the league. And they're as good as they've been right now. Both of them."

The 49ers drafted Danny Gray in the third round this year, but Jennings has a window to fully establish himself as the main third wideout here. And should the Deebo Samuel situation turn sour again for whatever reason, there is a major upside here.

As you might imagine from his size, he's also a major factor in the running game; he absolutely punished Jaguars safety Rayshawn Jenkins on a block in Week 11.

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