5. Drew Richmond, OL
As mentioned earlier, Tennessee’s offensive line has been under tons of scrutiny this spring. The Vols don’t have a ton of talented bodies in the unit right now because of injury or other health concerns, but one of the highest-rated players in the unit has been practicing all spring. And that’s Drew Richmond.
When Richmond signed with UT, he was thought to be a future difference maker on the offensive line. He was a five-star by some recruiting services, and most thought he would be an immediate starter for the Vols.
But Richmond redshirted his first year and looked less than advertised in his redshirt freshman campaign. Last year wasn’t much better either.
How has an offseason in Tennessee’s new strength and conditioning program and a spring under Will Friend’s tutelage changed Richmond? Can he finally live up to his five-star potential? The spring game won’t give a huge insight into that, but Richmond’s progress (or lack thereof) will still be noticeable.