2017 NFL DRAFT

Laremy Tunsil, OT

School: Ole Miss  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Lake City, FL
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 310 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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111

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Player Overview

A three-year starter at left tackle, Tunsil was a much ballyhooed recruit and immediately lived up to the hype at Ole Miss, allowing only one sack as a true freshman starter in the SEC.

Tunsil was never named first-team All-SEC or SEC offensive linemen of the week -- mainly because he didn't play a full season in college. A preseason All-American, Tunsil started only five games in 2015.

The other issues (injuries, NCAA suspension) will be thoroughly vetted by NFL teams and are of greater concern than his talent level. In 28 career games, he allowed only two sacks and will be only 22 in August.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Good size and length for the position. Finely tuned athlete with tremendous balance and change of direction to appear effortless in pass-sets. Light feet and flexible joints in his kick-slide to handle speed, coming to balance on the move and staying square to rushers.

Sinks and anchors to strengthen his core, withstand rip moves and hold his ground at the point of attack. Peppers defenders with strong hands, quick punch and rapid recoil to load up and strike again. Keeps his elbows inside for an accurate strike zone. Coordinated feet with blocking range to routinely eliminate defenders at the second level and on the perimeter, sealing linebackers downfield and staying on his feet.

Physical mind-set and always looking for someone to block. Doesn't play with complacency. Smart and quickly picks up defenders on delayed blitzes and combo blocks. Scored his only career touchdown in his final game, showing off body control and soft hands. Mature makeup and carries himself with a positive attitude.

WEAKNESSES: Room to add more bulk and get stronger. Shows the core power needed when he can sink and square, but not as stout with defenders off his edge.

Overeager at times and needs to stay patient to not get ahead of the play design. Needs to eliminate the false start penalties and stay focused through the whistle. Doesn't always play as mean as his intentions.

Arrested (June 2015) following a domestic dispute with his stepfather (charges eventually dropped), which led to NCAA investigations. Suspended for the first seven games of the 2015 season for accepting impermissible benefits and for not being "completely forthcoming" when initially questioned by the NCAA.

Routinely banged up over his career - missed 2013 bowl game due to left knee sprain (December 2013); missed two games due to a partially torn right bicep (October 2014); suffered fractured right fibula and dislocated ankle in the bowl game that season, which required surgery and sidelined him for 2015 spring drills.

COMPARISON: Trent Williams, Washington Redskins - Players with similar frames and body types, both Williams and Tunsil have impressive athleticism to cut off speed while also showing the core power to anchor and control blocks.

IN OUR VIEW: On the field, Tunsil is a nimble big man with a rare athletic skill-set for the position, showing above average balance and flexibility to easily bend, handle speed and absorb power at the point of attack. He's not a perfect player, but his flaws are more nitpicking than true weaknesses and potential injuries are the only obstacles keeping Tunsil from being one of the better left tackles at the next level.

--Dane Brugler (1/6/16)

 
 
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