BRISTOL, TN - SEPTEMBER 10: Defensive lineman Kahlil McKenzie #99, defensive lineman Jonathan Kongbo #1, and defensive back Justin Martin #8 of the Tennessee Volunteers celebrate following their victory against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Bristol Motor Speedway on September 10, 2016 in Bristol, Tennessee. Tennessee defeated Virginia Tech 45-24. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)

Report: Former No. 1 overall JUCO player Jonathan Kongbo is changing positions

Former JUCO No. 1 player Jonathan Kongbo is changing positions for Tennessee.

The Tennessee Volunteers will be in need of a pass rusher next season after the departure of Derek Barnett, and former No. 1 overall JUCO player Jonathan Kongbo is reportedly moving to defensive end to fill that void.

Kongbo played mostly defensive tackle last season for the Vols, but after dropping 20 pounds, the 260-pound Kongbo is moving over to strong side defensive end.

As a sophomore, Kongbo started off the 2016 season at defensive end, but injuries forced him to move to defensive tackle.

Kongbo recorded three tackles-for-loss, one sack and one interception in 2016 with Tennessee. Tennessee coach Butch Jones will look for Kongbo to fill in for Barnett, who recorded 13 sacks last season.

Tennessee's spring practice begins Tuesday.

(h/t 247Sports)