After adding six defensive linemen in the 2017 class, you’d think the Vols would be set with this unit heading into the 2018 cycle. But that’s far from the case when it comes to the SEC and Tennessee’s own track record at the position.
Yes, the Vols added a bevy of players to their defensive line ranks in the 2017 class. But with so much roster attrition occurring at that unit for Tennessee over the last few years, one can’t assume all six of those players will still be on the roster in four years. Throw in the fact that the Vols have three seniors and seven juniors along the defensive line heading into the 2017 season, and it’s easy to see why Tennessee still needs to make this unit a priority.
Luckily for the Vols, there’s an abundance of in-state talent along the defensive line in the 2018 class. Three of the top seven players in the state of Tennessee according to 247Sports are defensive linemen. The Vols don’t even have to look outside their own state to address this need, but they’ve offered other linemen outside state borders just to be safe.