Laremy Tunsil, OT
School: Ole Miss | Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior | Age: 21
Height / Weight: 6-5 / 310 lbs
Projected Draft Status: Top 5 or 10 pick
NFL Comparison: Tyron Smith
Laremy Tunsil just wasn't in the conversation as the best football player in college this year, he is the best LT prospect to come out in several years. This includes Brandon Scherff and Ereck Flowers in 2015, Greg Robinson and Taylor Lewan in 2014, even Eric Fisher, Luke Joeckel, and Lane Johnson in 2013 and let's not forget Matt Kalil in 2012. You have to go back to 2011 to find the player Tunsil will most likely become in the NFL – and that's Tyron Smith. Tunsil doesn't just have the physical makeup and skills to be good. He can be a perennial Pro Bowl level player in his career. He is smart, strong, and athletic and easily handled the overwhelming majority of his opponents this past season. Tunsil has some of the most impressive footwork and punch skills you'll see out of an offensive lineman. And despite what some critics say he does have a bit of DOG to him. The way he slaps down defenders hands is the funniest, smoothest, moves I've seen out of an offensive lineman in a long time. If things go as speculated Tunsil will be selected early in this year's draft.
- Near elite level quickness, footwork, and mirror ability. He can stay with his man and seal off defenders no issue.
- He is violent at the point of attack and literally slaps down the hands of defenders and can get them on the ground.
- He is athletic enough to move in space and lock onto a defender and take him out to spring a run.
- Obvious size and strength advantage while playing LT. He's a big man to get around and very stout and strong in run blocking and pass protection.
- Great flexibility and ability to control the defender.
- Could and should add a few pounds at the NFL level.
- It's rare, but he is better in pass protection than in run blocking. He could finish and move his opponent better sometimes.
Let's see his work:
Was just asked by an area scout why "we" (draft media) aren't discussing Laremy Tunsil's short arms. He came in at 33 1/4".— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) April 6, 2016
If OT Laremy Tunsil is drafted 1st overall he will be 2nd Ole Miss player in NFL Draft history to go No. 1 (Eli Manning, 2004) #DraftFact— Matt Pearce (@Matt_Pearce13) April 11, 2016
One of the very few Laremy Tunsil critiques I have is that I wish he played nastier. Want to see more of this: https://t.co/9VjrVLDby2— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurke_SI) March 14, 2016
Laremy Tunsil's blend of size and athleticism should be illegal pic.twitter.com/1UxUk40daZ— Buxton Believer (@JoshMenschNFL) February 9, 2016
Laremy Tunsil has outstanding foot quicks and he knows how to reposition his hands. Check out this Chuck No... https://t.co/kuPI61kkZi— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) October 28, 2015
Graph is funny because Tunsil didn't work out at the Combine
Pro Day Results
Vertical: 28 1/2 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet, 3 inches
Bench press: 34 reps of 225 pounds
How He Would Fit on the Redskins
Though he would be the definition of BPA and offer great talent including technique, athleticism, and power to the tackle position, even if the Redskins were in the position to draft him they already have their bookend tackles in Trent Williams and Morgan Moses. Tunsil is a day 1 ready prospect but as long as Trent Williams is healthy and playing at a high level the value of a pick spent high on a left tackle is likely diminished on a Redskins roster. With that being said I personally will enjoy watching Tunsil wreck pass rushers in the NFL on Sundays (except when he plays the Redskins). As I mentioned before he is the best LT prospect to come out in my opinion in 5 years.