Offensive Tackle, Ole Miss 6ft 5, 310 lbs
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Prior to the trading up of quarterback-hungry teams into the first two spots, it was Ole Miss left tackle Tunsil who was favourite to be the number one overall pick on Thursday night. That obviously won’t be the case any longer, and it creates a little bit more uncertainty than the former Rebel would like as to where he’ll end up, with the possibility of slipping a few spots a possibility, not too dissimilar to Leonard Williams this time last year. There’s no doubt though that Tunsil is one of the handful of outstanding prospects at the top of this year’s class, and in this writer’s opinion, the best prospect overall. Tunsil has everything to potentially develop into a true franchise left tackle for the team that selects him. Tunsil was one of the headliners and game-changing recruits to join the Ole Miss program in 2013 that along with other 2016 prospects Treadwell and Nkemdiche played a big role in turning the school into one of the best teams in the country, challenging for SEC and national titles. The legacy that that group will leave ought to be reflected on the Rebels program for a long time to come. In much the same way that he is built ready to start immediately in the pros this coming season, Tunsil was ready to also start straight away as a true freshman in college, and absolutely lived up to expectations, allowing just the one sack in his first season, and in fact over 28 career games, allowed just two sacks. After another strong second season, Tunsil’s final year in college didn’t exactly go 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. Overall though, it was another impressive if shortened season for Tunsil, who re-affirmed his exciting potential and traits to pro scouts. While the incident that led to the suspension will have led to tough questions in team interviews, perhaps the biggest concern with Tunsil is durability and keeping himself healthy. He has frequently carried knocks over his 3 seasons in college and never completed a full season. There’s little else to criticise him on though. He has elite footwork and exceptional athleticism for his size that is rare. 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 is so consistent. He’s more of a finesse type of blocker than an over-powering one, but that’s the style he likes to play, and he sure does it well, no question. He could add a bit more of a nasty streak to his run blocking, but isn’t exactly weak in that area by any means. While there’s a little uncertainty as to where Tunsil ends up, he won’t have to wait long, and in fact has a very good chance to be the first non-quarterback off the board. Despite some moves this off-season, the Chargers need to continue to strengthen their O-line and Tunsil makes loads of sense. Should they go in another direction, the Jaguars, Ravens, 49ers and Browns will all need to rethink their plans should he unexpectedly make it to them. I can’t see that happening though; the combination of talent and need seems too perfect for the Chargers not to make Tunsil their choice at no. 3.