Any player going through the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis this week would be happy to be drafted by any of the 32 league teams, but not all have the potential to be the top overall selection come draft day.
Former Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil is one of those players who have a chance to be the top pick, and when he stepped to the podium on Wednesday,it was inevitable that he would be asked about the Tennessee Titans who hold the top pick.
No one would expect anythingbut positive comments from Tunsil, but his answer was more than a little surprising when he mentioned Marcus Mariota in his response.
“I would tell them, ‘Hey, I’ve got great feet. I’m here to protect Mariota.’ I would put it all on the line. I will give them every play I can to help Mariota,” Tunsil said.
Tunsil will definitely get the chance to talk with Titans executives including general manager Jon Robinson and head coach Mike Mularkey before this week concludes.
The top offensive tackle in the draft class, Tunsil has been the near consensus pick in mock drafts for the Titans, including our own TitanRedZone mocls 1.0 and 2.0.
A massive young man, Tunsil measured in at 6’5” 310 lbs, with 34 ¼” arms and 10” hands. None of those measurements were tops among the tackles that were examined on Wednesday, though they are still impressive for any prospect.
Drafting Tunsil would likely mean that current left tackle Taylor Lewan would be moved to right tackle, though that will have to wait until the actual selection is made in April.
While Tunsil is the consensus choice at the moment, the Titans could decide to fill their needs along the offensive line with veterans who could be signed in the upcoming free-agency period. Something that Robinson did not rule out on Wednesday.
“I think in the end, we’re going to try to put the best five up there that give us a chance to win football games," said Robinson.
The million dollar question still remains. Will Tunsil be one of those five?