-Tunsil is one of the best tackle prospects I have seen when it comes to "mirroring the rusher" in pass protection. He is step for step with the rusher when they try to take him wide, and his feet are so fast. Agility and athleticism for his size are off the charts. Compare his footwork to that of, say, Ereck Flowers, and it's like watching a hummingbird vs. an American woodcock.
-Tunsil has extremely heavy, active hands and he packs a punch when they land on the rusher. Gets good drive when run blocking and has the dexterity to pivot rushers outwards to create running lanes.
-Tunsil relishes contact and plays through the whistle, finishing his blocks and trying to move heaven and earth to get into the second level where he can really use his acceleration and athleticism to do some damage.
-In terms of positioning, Tunsil's butt seems to always be "filming" the QB (or in the case of running plays, the ballcarrier). He always keeps his body between the defender and where the defender wants to go, which sounds like common sense, but is more difficult to achieve in game-time situations.
-It doesn't happen often, but Tunsil can be liable to not anchoring and playing too high versus the bull rush, and power moves can knock him off balance. Also, because his feet are so active, they sometimes both can come off the ground when trying to cover lots of area on wider rushes, causing him to lose balance. Watch what Danielle Hunter does to him in the beginning of the second quarter of the 2014 LSU game, and Carl Lawson got him to drop his head a couple times in the 2015 Auburn game.
-You don't often see Tunsil "absorbing" the impact of a pass rusher, and despite being a superior athlete, he can be stiff in accepting a pass rusher. What I mean about this is think about catching an egg - do you throw your hands out and try to snatch it out of the air? No, because it will break on your hands. It's the same concept - Tunsil needs to learn to consistently cushion the pass rusher so that he doesn't get overpowered and get knocked off balance.
-Tunsil will have the occasional mental lapse during a game, causing a false start against his team. He rocks in his stance and this slight movement, if not timed in sync with the the snap count, can become a bad habit at the next level. Something that should be taken into consideration during his evaluation.
-Maturity is something that needs to be vetted for Tunsil, and the interview process will be crucial for him for a team to feel comfortable taking him with the #1 overall pick. Tunsil was arrested this past summer on charges of domestic violence after an incident with his stepfather, Lindsey Miller. Those charges have since been dismissed, as it has been reported that Tunsil's role in the matter was stepping in to protect his mother in a domestic dispute turned violent. However, Miller alleged that Ole Miss falsified Tunsil's academic records, and he received impermissible benefits from potential representatives, which is a red flag. Tunsil was suspended for 7 games while he was being investigated for several impermissible benefits. With Tunsil's biggest comparable competition (Notre Dame's Ronnie Stanley) being a squeaky-clean, straight-and-narrow guy, Tunsil will have to assuage all preconceived notions and fears, or I could see the two getting close as the Draft approaches.
-Aside from the aforementioned hullabaloo, Tunsil is not a man of many words, but you can feel his presence when speaking from him. He seems like a no nonsense guy that won't speak often in the locker room, but when he does, everyone will stop and listen.
-Tunsil was involved in Track and Field while in Columbia High School in Lake City, Florida, participating in the shot put.
-Tunsil credits former Columbia High School teammate Timmy Jernigan for helping him get to where he is today. The two apparently had some epic bouts when playing on Fridays.
-Tunsil was a five star recruit coming out of high school and Rivals' #1 rated OT.
GRADE: 89 OVERALL
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NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: Jason Peters
40 YARD TIME: TBD
BENCH PRESS: TBD
3 CONE DRILL: TBD
SHORT SHUTTLE: TBD
VERTICAL JUMP: TBD
BROAD JUMP: TBD
BEST TEAM FITS: Titans (LT), Chargers (LT), Ravens (LT)
PROJECTION: Top 3
LAREMY TUNSIL CAREER STATS
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