The last decade for the Tennessee athletic department hasn’t been the most productive, but the Vols and Lady Vols are still producing professional athletes at a high level.

ESPN.com on Tuesday produced a top 25 ranking of colleges that produce the most draft talent, calling it the Ultimate Draft Ranking.

The ranking “comprises data from the past 10 draft classes in the following leagues: NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS, WNBA, MLL (lacrosse) and NFP (softball).”

Despite a challenging last 10 years for both the Tennessee football and baseball programs and ups and downs for both the men’s and women’s basketball programs, the Vols still managed to come in at No. 16 according to ESPN.

Tennessee had an Ultimate Draft score of 955.6 — for context, No. 1 North Carolina had a score of 1706.6 — with 66 Vols/Lady Vols drafted between 2009-18.

The biggest producers at Tennessee, according to ESPN, have been women’s basketball, softball and football:

“Tennessee has produced a good number of draftees in a variety of sports, from football (26) to women's basketball (16) to baseball (13 in the first 10 rounds) to softball (7). The football program is in the midst of a dry spell but has still produced NFL talent. After making the College World Series in 2001 and 2005, the baseball team has also fallen on hard times. The same can't be said for women's basketball, which is one of the best programs in the country. The Lady Vols have made the NCAA tournament every year since 1982 and have won eight championships, including titles in 2007 and 2008.”

Tennessee was 14th nationally with 66 first-round picks over the last 10 years. ESPN provided the list:

Diamond DeShields, (WNBA, 2018), Derek Barnett (NFL, 2017), Nick Senzel (MLB, 2016), Christin Stewart (MLB, 2015), Isabelle Harrison (WNBA, 2015), Ja'Wuan James (NFL, 2014), Madison Shipman (NPF, 2014), Cordarrelle Patterson (NFL, 2013), Shekinna Stricklen (WNBA, 2012), Glory Johnson (WNBA, 2012), Kelley Cain (WNBA, 2012), Tobias Harris (NBA, 2011), Eric Berry (NFL, 2010), Dan Williams (NFL, 2010), Robert Ayers (NFL, 2009)

Tennessee was fourth among six SEC teams that made the top 25: No. 4 Kentucky; No. 8 Florida; No. 11 LSU; No. 16 Tennessee; No. 17 Georgia; No. 25 Texas A&M.

The full list can be found here.

The Ultimate Draft Ranking Methodology, from ESPN:

Draft choices for the eight leagues that were part of our survey were weighted as part of a formula that took into account the size of the draft pool -- this prevented Kentucky's and Duke's successes in the 60-pick NBA draft, for instance, from being dwarfed by colleges that produced more players for the 256-pick NFL draft.

Professional leagues with fewer than 10 years worth of draft data (e.g. professional women's lacrosse, hockey and soccer leagues) were not considered, nor were professional leagues that do not plausibly represent the top professional tier in North America (the NBA G League), nor were leagues with major variations between the college and professional games (men's box lacrosse, indoor soccer).

For this exercise, college baseball selections were limited to the top 10 rounds of the 40-round draft. All other draft classes were accounted for in their entirety.

Colleges were given credit for players who were selected directly from their school into the draft -- juniors hockey draftees with collegiate experience were not considered, nor were high school baseball draftees who attended college after being selected.