On the field, this is an absolute steal, no question. For me, Tunsil is the best player in the draft. People will debate how relevant the video / photos that emerged 10 minutes before the draft are, and that facilitated the fall, but if it works out, the Dolphins have scored big. I believe in this kid and he will be motivated to prove those who passed on him were wrong. The Dolphins’ biggest need arguable was to improve the offensive line and they absolutely do that here. He is an elite talent with exceptional athleticism for his size and rare ability as a pass protector. He’s going to make Tannehill’s job a lot easier.
The Rebels left tackle will be a coveted prospect at the top of the draft despite his final year in college not going anywhere close to plan. Just prior to the start of the 2015 season, an NCAA investigation looked into claims by his step-father that he had accepted improper benefits. After initially being held out of the opening games of the season for precautionary reasons, Tunsil was indeed suspended for the first seven games of the season, cutting his final college year in half. While very unfortunate, there was little chance of the incident having much of an effect on his draft stock, as he is just too talented. Tunsil returned to the starting line-up against Texas A&M and was thrown straight into the fire up against a future high first round pick himself in Aggies pass rusher Myles Garrett. If anyone had forgotten, Tunsil quickly reminded exactly why he’s such an exciting talent. It was as if he’d never been gone. While he had to sit out on the sidelines periodically due to being a little short on conditioning, when he was on the field, he was flawless. Garrett made plays during the game, but not when faced with Tunsil, who shut him down when they matched up one on one, despite it normally taking double teams to quiet the Aggies pass rusher. Conversely, Auburn’s Carl Lawson gave Tunsil problems during their individual battle, beating the tackle on a couple occasions with quick rush moves and subsequently forcing him into a couple false start penalties in what was a difficult outing. Overall though, Tunsil’s shortened 2015 season cemented his place as a true long term franchise tackle prospect. He brings all the desired measurables with size, length, power and outstandingly quick and fluid movement. His technique and coordination are polished to accompany his physical presence in both pass protection and as a run blocker, and his control and balance are consistent. Tunsil is a special talent, one worthy of the top overall pick in the draft.