Laremy Tunsil Comparison Essay


The 2015 season was difficult for Tunsil. First, he suffered a dislocated ankle and broken leg in Ole Miss' loss to TCU in the 2014 Peach Bowl. Tunsil then was charged with domestic assault against his stepfather in June, reportedly for sticking up for his mother. Those charges were eventually dismissed, but then the NCAA brought another piece of bad news soon after, suspending Tunsil for seven games due to impermissible benefits he received (vehicle loans without payment, free airline ticket and rental car) and failing to be forthcoming with investigators. When he was on the field, though, Tunsil lived up to his billing as the No. 1 high school recruit at offensive tackle. He started nine games at left tackle as a true freshman, earning second-team All-SEC notice from league media and various Freshman All-American honors. Tunsil missed two games with a partially torn bicep in 2014, but started the rest, garnering first-team All-SEC nod from the Associated Press (second team from coaches) and All-American recognition from multiple media outlets. He didn’t make many post-season all-conference lists in his shortened junior season (starting six games at left tackle), but finished his career in a way most offensive linemen can only dream of -- running in a two-yard touchdown on a throw-back pass behind the line of scrimmage in the Sugar Bowl against Oklahoma State.

Pro Day Results

Vertical: 28 1/2 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet, 3 inches
Bench press: 34 reps of 225 pounds

The 2016 NFL Draft is just days away and you don’t know any of the prospects slated to go in the first round. Not a problem. We have you covered with our top 50 prospects. We also have NFL comparisons for each guy so you can get an idea of how they play. These comparisons are of the best-case-scenario variety and not necessarily a guess at how these prospects will end up. 

1. Jalen Ramsey, CB Florida State

NFL comparison: Charles Woodson (Played with OAK and GB)

Ramsey won’t go No. 1 — he may even drop out of the top five — but he’s the most gifted player in this year’s class. He has the strength to play safety and the game-breaking athleticism to be a shutdown corner.

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2. Laremy Tunsil, OT Ole Miss

Trent Williams (Redskins)

3. Myles Jack, LB UCLA

Thomas Davis (Panthers)

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Jack is a rangy linebacker who can cover tight ends and blow up running plays with his preternatural instincts. Concerns over his knee could lead to a slide out of the top 10.

4. DeForest Buckner, DE Oregon

Calais Campbell (Cardinals)

5. Joey Bosa, DE Ohio State

Michael Bennett (Seahawks)

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Bosa doesn’t have the explosion your typical elite pass rushing prospect has, but, much like Bennett, his motor never stops and he can play anywhere on the line.

6. Ezekiel Elliot, RB Ohio State

Arian Foster (Last played with Houston)

7. Ronnie Stanley, OT Notre Dame

D’Brickashaw Ferguson (Played with the Jets)

8. Jaylon Smith, LB Notre Dame

Jamie Collins (Patriots)

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Another linebacker with injury concerns — Smith’s outlook is a bleaker than Jack’s — the Notre Dame star could very well drop out of the first round. When healthy, he’s a do-it-all linebacker who can be used in a variety of ways on passing downs.

9. Jared Goff, QB California

Matt Ryan (Falcons)

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10. Vernon Hargreaves, CB Florida

Joe Haden (Browns)

11. Robert Nkemdiche, DT Ole Miss

Malik Jackson (Jaguars)

12. Laquon Treadwell, WR Ole Miss

Alshon Jeffery (Bears)

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Treadwell didn’t run well at the combine but he’s the only true No. 1 receiver in this class. He’ll make contested catches downfield and be a problem for defenses in the red zone.

13. Leonard Floyd, OLB Georgia

Jason Taylor (Played with MIA, NYJ and WSH)

14. Shaq Lawson, DE Clemson

Charles Johnson (Panthers)

15. Karl Joseph, S West Virginia

Reshad Jones (Dolphins)

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The Mountaineers’ hard-hitting safety can play in the box against the run or drop deep and help out in the passing game. That versatilely will entice a team to spend a first-round pick on him.

16. Sheldon Rankins, DT Louisville

Sharrif Floyd (Vikings)

17. William Jackson III, CB Houston

Sean Smith (Raiders)

18. Jack Conklin, OT Michigan State

Zack Martin (Cowboys)

19. Josh Doctson, WR TCU

Michael Crabtree (Raiders)

20. A’Shawn Robinson, DT Alabama

Randy Starks (Last played with Cleveland)

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15 years ago, Robinson goes in the top-10. He’s a monster against the run but lacks the athleticism to make a huge impact as a pass rusher.

21. Christian Hackenberg, QB Penn State

Eli Manning (Giants)

22. Taylor Decker, OT Ohio State

Mitchell Schwartz (Chiefs)

23. Eli Apple, CB Ohio State

Jimmy Smith (Ravens)

24. Corey Coleman, WR Baylor

T.Y. Hilton (Colts)

25. Chris Jones, DT Mississippi State

Fletcher Cox (Eagles)

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Had Jones been a little more consistent down-to-down, he’d be a top-15 pick. If a coach can get him to play hard all the time, Jones will be a Pro Bowler in the next two years.

26. Mackensie Alexander, CB Clemson

Pacman Jones (Bengals)

27. Carson Wentz, QB

Blake Bortles (Jaguars)

28. Vernon Butler, DT Lousiana Tech

Muhammad Wilkerson (Jets)

29. Connor Cook, QB Michigan State

Carson Palmer (Cardinals)

30. Emmanuel Ogbah, DE Oklahoma State

Robert Ayers (Buccaneers)

31. Jarran Reed, DT Alabama

Star Lotulelei (Panthers)

32. Reggie Ragland, LB Alabama

London Fletcher (Played with STL, BUF and WSH)

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Ragland is a throwback. He’s as smart as any player in the class and violently takes on blockers in the run game. Teams will have to hide him on passing downs.

33. Noah Spence, DE Eastern Kentucky

Cliff Avril (Seahawks)

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34. Ryan Kelly, C Alabama

Jason Kelce (Eagles)

35. Kevin Dodd, DE Clemson

Everson Griffen (Vikings)

36. Artie Burns, CB Miami

Josh Norman (Redskins)

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Burns needs polish, but he plays the ball well and knows how to bait quarterbacks into dangerous throws. He likes to freelance at times, which will get him in trouble with his NFL coaches.

37. Cody Whitehair, G Kansas State

Marshal Yanda (Ravens)

38. Andrew Billings, DT Baylor

Mike Daniels (Packers)

39. Hunter Henry, TE Arkansas

Jason Witten (Cowboys)

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Henry isn’t going to be a dominant pass catcher, but he’s reliable and may end up the best blocking tight end in the league as soon as next season.

40. Darron Lee, LB Ohio State

Kwon Alexander (Buccaneers)

41. Shilique Calhoun, DE Michigan State

Whitney Mercilus (Texans)

42. Sterling Shepard, WR Oklahoma

Brandin Cooks (Saints)

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Every short wider receiver with run-after-catch ability gets compared to Steve Smith. We’re not falling into that trap. There’s only one Steve Smith.

43. Germain Ifedi, OT Texas A&M

Andre Smith (Vikings)

44. Michael Thomas, WR Ohio State

Michael Floyd (Cardinals)

45. Kenny Clark, DT UCLA

Tyrone Crawford (Cowboys)

46. Derrick Henry, RB Alabama

Brandon Jacobs (Played with NYG and SF)

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Henry is a gigantic human being. He makes other NFL backs look tiny. He will be hard to tackle, but how long will he last playing a bruising style?

47. Keanu Neal, SS Florida

Will Hill (Last played with Baltimore)

Florida is the best school in the country at producing NFL draft busts

48. Nick Martin, C Notre Dame

John Sullivan (Vikings)

49. Kendall Fuller, CB Virginia Tech

Janoris Jenkins (Giants)

50. Will Fuller, WR Notre Dame

Ted Ginn Jr. (Panthers)

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Fuller is a track star with bricks for hands. He’ll be useful as a downfield threat but little more.

1. John Elway, QB, Stanford (drafted by Baltimore Colts in 1983): Elway never suited up for the Colts, because he didn’t want to play for them. And so, the Colts’ loss was the Denver Broncos’ gain when the teams traded shortly after the draft. Elway lived up to the hype and would proceed to put together one of the greatest quarterback careers of all time filled with late-game heroics and accolades, including two Super Bowl championships, Super Bowl MVP, NFL MVP in 1987, and nine Pro Bowl selections in 16 years. This choice for greatest No. 1 overall pick easily could’ve been Peyton Manning, but ultimately too many poor playoff performances knock him down a notch below Elway. … Honorable mention: Troy Aikman, Terry Bradshaw, Earl Campbell, Peyton Manning, O.J. Simpson, Bruce Smith.

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