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5 Early-Impact Players From The 2017 Class

5. DT Eric Crosby

The Vols have some veteran defensive tackles such as Kendal Vickers, Shy Tuttle and Kahlil McKenzie on the roster. But as they found out in 2017, there’s no such thing as too much depth at the position. UT was forced to move defensive ends inside at times last year due to injuries and attrition at the position, and with Tuttle coming off a second major injury, his status is a little bit in doubt for the start of the season. Crosby (6-1, 325) is a four-star prospect who shows incredible athleticism for his size in his high school film. He actually plays running back in some of the clips. That size and speed combination make him a prime candidate to crack the defensive tackle rotation early for Tennessee. Kivon Bennett and Matthew Butler will be pushing as well, but Crosby might be the best bet to see the field in 2017 of that group.

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