The Tennessee Vols will have a veteran secondary in 2020 that should be able to perform at a high level.

Bryce Thompson and Alontae Taylor, who are expected to be Tennessee’s starting cornerbacks in 2021, will each be entering their third season in the program.

Thompson, who is from South Carolina, has spent some of his time during the coronavirus related shutdown working with a private trainer in Atlanta.

Oliver Davis II, a private defensive backs trainer, has been working with Thompson, along with Vols safety Trevon Flowers and recent commit Kamar Wilcoxson.

Davis recently spoke with The Athletic about the Tennessee players he’s working with and he had some extremely high praise for Thompson.

“I’ll be real, Bryce is probably as good as any of the guys I coach. I’ve worked out and around guys like A.J. Bouye, Casey Heyward, and Bryce is legit,” said Davis.

The well regarded trainer added “If he stays healthy, we could be talking a year from now about how he went in the first round.”

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That would be good and bad news for the Vols.

It would mean that Thompson probably had an incredible season. But it would also mean Tennessee would be losing one of their best defensive players.

We saw last season just how important Thompson is to the Vols’ defense. Thompson missed the first three games of the season (due to suspension) and the Vols went 1-2 during those games (linebacker Daniel Bituli also missed the first two games, which Tennessee lost).

I would’t be surprised to see Thompson have a great year and declare for the NFL draft. While it wouldn’t be good for the Vols’ depth chart, it would be a great recruiting tool.

Recruits already know Jeremy Pruitt and defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley can develop talent. But seeing them send a UT defensive back to the NFL as a first round pick would just solidify that Tennessee is a program that can help get recruits to the next level.

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