6’5″ 260 pounds; Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn.
Morven Joseph is a pure outside linebacker. Roman Harrison is more of a tweener but the most experienced edge rusher among the guys with potential. Tyler Baron is an edge rusher who can play linebacker or either side at defensive end, and he has by far the most potential.
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As a result, Baron is the guy most destined to burst onto the scene for Tennessee football this year. The graduate of Knox County’s Knoxville Catholic High School had a sack, three tackles for a loss and 21 overall tackles last year, 13 of which were solo, in limited action. This year, that production should take a huge leap forward.
With Kivon Bennett and Deandre Johnson gone, Baron is set to do exactly what he was recruited to do. He has already shown flashes as a potentially elite playmaker, and it’s pretty clear he’s going to be one of the key parts of the front seven this year. Whether it’s at linebacker or on the line, Baron will be all over the field.
Like the rest of the edge rushers, exactly where Baron lines up will depend on the system Tim Banks runs. However, unlike Harrison or Joseph, Baron is likely to always be on the field. He has also been listed by outlets as a major breakout candidate, and he’s the top one for that on the Vols’ defense this year.