How did Eric Crosby look at The Opening Charlotte? — BigMike
Tennessee fans will be happy to know Eric Crosby looked like one of the best defensive linemen in the group at Mallard Creek High School, showing off both his power and quick hands in winning a majority of his one-on-one reps against the offensive linemen in attendance. The Scout four-star Vols commit rocked a pair of Tennessee shorts and a Vols hat over the course of the day and even held his own against Scout four-star Georgia commit Netori Price —widely believed to be the best lineman at the camp.
What newcomer do you think can contribute in 2016? — Cary J.
Conventional wisdom says to devote this space to Jeff George, the junior college wide receiver who flashed his skill set with a couple of nice grabs and a touchdown in the Orange and White Game. I like to gamble, though (Venmo is corygunkel if you'd like to donate), so I'm going with a freshman. Marquill Osborne is already on campus and got 15 invaluable practices with the team the rest of the 2016 class wasn't afforded. Osborne won't start at the beginning of the year, but I have a feeling he'll be competing for time at the nickel and become a valued special teams player from opening weekend. He's extremely fast, loves to hit and active around the ball. You'll remember Osborne when this season is over.
What VFL has the best shot at doing well in the NFL? — Daniel
Randdyyyyyyyyy Boyyyyyyyyy! And not just because I wanted to type that. Brian Randolph turned in the most impressive Pro Day of any Tennessee player and is getting his chance to prove himself as an undrafted free agent for the L.A. Rams. Quarterbacks targeting Randolph had a QB rating of just 42.3 in his time at Tennessee — fifth best in this draft's safety class according to Pro Football Focus. He's an experienced player who started games in all five years of his time in Knoxville and I'd bet he's one of the most cerebral football players to come out this class. If anybody has a shot at making it, it's Randy Boy.
Record prediction for next year? — Scott B.
This is way too early, Scott. The Big Orange Caravan hasn't even chugged down to Atlanta yet and you're wanting me to predict what Tennessee's record will be in December? I like it. Bold move, Scott. Right now, I'm going with 10-2. I think the Vols have the talent and capability to win every game on the schedule, but the four-game stretch of Florida, at Georgia, at Texas A&M and Alabama is extremely brutal. Two losses in that four-game window heading into the home stretch isn't ideal, but it's entirely possible and understandable. Tennessee will represent the East this season as division champs and (most likely) play Alabama in a rematch for the SEC crown. Is it September yet?