Ole Miss star LT Laremy Tunsil declares for the 2016 NFL Draft

Ole Miss' star left tackle Laremy Tunsil has declared for the 2016 NFL Draft. Tunsil is the third Ole Miss junior to declare for the draft along with Robert Nkemdiche and Laquon Treadwell.

"After weighing the decision with my family, I will forgo my senior season and enter the 2016 NFL Draft," Tunsil said in a statement released by Ole Miss. "It's been a lifelong dream to play in the NFL, and I'm excited about the challenge in front of me. I will always cherish my time at Ole Miss and the relationships with my teammates, coaches and staff. Those are my brothers, and I will always be a Rebel. I'm proud of what my class accomplished, and I know even bigger things are ahead for this program. I cannot thank the fans enough for how they embraced me and made my time in Oxford so special. I am going to bring the same passion to the NFL that I brought to Vaught-Hemingway and will make Rebel Nation proud every Sunday."

"Few players have brought more joy to my life than Laremy Tunsil, and I'm so proud to see him take this next step in his life," said Hugh Freeze in the Ole Miss statement. "I will always be grateful for the opportunity he gave us three years ago, and I look forward to seeing him walk across the stage at this year's NFL Draft. With his spirit, hard work and determination, he has a bright future ahead of him."

Tunsil suffered a broken leg in the Peach Bowl last year and then missed the first seven games of the 2015 season because of NCAA infractions.

Despite those setbacks, Tunsil declaring for the draft comes as no surprise as he is a projected top-5 pick and ranked No. 2 on the CBS Sports NFL Draft prospect rankings. Tunsil is considered the most NFL-ready offensive lineman entering the draft and plays the premium position of left tackle. 

Laremy Tunsil (USATSI)
Laremy Tunsil is headed to the NFL. (USATSI)
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