Only a player of Laremy Tunsil’s caliber can miss the first half of the season, and remain a consensus top 5 NFL draft prospect. Tunsil sat out 7 games this season due to a suspension as an NCAA investigation ensued. Along with Robert Nkemdiche and Laquon Treadwell, Tunsil was also part of that studly 2013 recruiting class hauled in by Ole Miss. Coming out of high school, Tunsil was a consensus 5 star recruit, the top OT in the class, and widely considered a top 5 overall recruit. He certainly has lived up to the hype.
Name: Laremy Tunsil
College: Ole Miss
Projection: Top 5
Comparison: Jason Peters
- Pass protection
- Setting the edge/closing open pass rushing lanes
- Manhandles defenders
- Active Hands
- Run blocking
- Lower body strength
In a year that is a great one for offensive tackles, Laremy Tunsil leads the charge. There are no flaws in his game. He is the prototypical franchise tackle. Tunsil has elite pass blocking skills. He does a tremendous job at setting the edge and closing passing rushing lanes. He causes fits for opposing pass rushers. He is a good run blocker as well, but some may say they want to see more improvement in that aspect of his game – but I think he’ll be just fine.
His footwork is arguably his best trait. Tunsil does a tremendous job at shifting and sliding across the line while adjusting to pass rushers – he’s very smooth. He has the upper body strength to where he can manhandle opposing defenders with ease. He plays a physical game and has very violent, active hands.
As said, there really aren’t any weaknesses in Tunsil’s game. His durability is a minor concern after e broke his leg last year. Although, he hasn’t missed a beat in 2015. He could stand to add more lower body strength.
Without a doubt, Tunsil is a top 5 pick come April – he could even go #1 if the team picking is desperate for a franchise left tackle. He brings everything you need from a linemen to the table. He looks like the type of player that’ll be a perennial All-Pro.
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