The Tennessee Vols need some secondary help.
That might be the understatement of the year.
Tennessee’s defensive backs played hard this season, no one will dispute that. But the Vols’ secondary was easily the weak point in Knoxville this season.
Josh Heupel and his staff are expected to be active in the transfer portal this offseason as they look to address holes on the roster.
The secondary, obviously, will be an area where the Vols look for significant upgrades.
And there’s one player, in particular, that could make a massive difference for Tennessee.
The Vols need to hope that Toledo cornerback Quinyon Mitchell hits the transfer portal. And if he does, Tennessee needs to hook him up with a sweet NIL deal and bring him to Rocky Top.
Mitchell, a former three-star recruit from Florida, was the highest-graded Group of Five cornerback in the nation this season per Pro Football Focus.
Quinyon Mitchell is an absolute ballhawk. The sophomore has 18 combined interceptions and forced incompletions, trailing only Devon Witherspoon among all defenders in college football. His 91.9 coverage grade also leads all FBS cornerbacks. Toledo takes on Ohio this Saturday for the MAC championship.
Mitchell is the type of player that could immediately make Tennessee’s defense better. He clearly has SEC talent and he would give the Vols an instant playmaker in the secondary.
It should be noted that Mitchell is a redshirt sophomore so he could declare for the NFL draft.
Transferring to the SEC and playing a year, however, would help Mitchell significantly improve his draft stock. And if he transferred to Tennessee, he knows he’d step right into a starting role.
The Vols and the Mitchell could help each other out a lot. If Mitchell is looking for a place to showcase his talents on a bigger stage, Tennessee would be the perfect option.
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