- Tennessee Titans- OT Laremy Tunsil (Ole Miss)
The Titans found themselves a franchise quarterback last year’s draft when they drafted Oregon’s Marcus Mariota 2nd overall to the dismay of numerous Eagles fans. This year they look to protect their franchise investment by selecting a talented offensive linemen in Laremy Tunsil of Ole Miss. The Titans offensive line allowed the most sacks in the NFL last season, 54, add that to 105 quarterback hits as well between Mariota and Zach Mettenberger. Tennessee would be incredibly foolish to pass on a player such as Tunsil. The Ole Miss product had a rollercoaster 2015 season which included a seven game suspension for NCAA violations. I put no stock into that affecting his career or draft status since the NCAA is a joke. Scouts rave about Tunsil’s ability to use his hands paired with great footwork in pass protection which many believe will allow him to make a smooth transition to the NFL. Blitz pickup and recognition was another area of Tunsil’s game which was a positive highlight. One knock against Tunsil is his lack of power in the running game since he’s regarded as more of a skilled pass protector. The Titans are not in the position to mess around with draft picks and Tunsil basically fell into their laps after they took Mariota in 2015. Tennessee’s recent acquisition of former Eagles running back Demarco Murray likely signifies a run-heavy approach for 2016. I believe Tunsil will start on the right side next to former first round pick Chance Warmack. Eventually I wouldn’t be surprised if Tunsil flipped over to left tackle in place of incumbent Taylor Lewan. Tennessee faces JJ Watt twice a year and now Malik Jackson is in the division as well. Tunsil shouldn’t have to wait very long to bear hug the Commish.