Through an announcement on Ole Miss’ site, left tackle Laremy Tunsil declared that he would be skipping his senior season in school to head for the NFL Draft. Tunsil had been nominated to an All-SEC team in each of his three collegiate seasons, and has been projected as an upper-tier first-round pick for much of his NCAA career. In Tunsil’s final game with Ole Miss, a 48-20 victory over Oklahoma State in the Sugar Bowl, Tunsil caught a two-yard pass for a touchdown.
In Todd McShay’s most recent mock draft (ESPN Insider link), he projected Tunsil as being selected seventh overall. Other mock drafts, such as the latest from WalterFootball, have projected Tunsil to go at first overall, citing the need for the Tennessee Titans, owners of the first overall pick, to better protect quarterback Marcus Mariota. Mariota finished eighth in the league in yards lost due to sack, even though he only appeared in 12 of 16 games this season.
Tunsil has two teammates, wide receiver Laquon Treadwill and defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche, who are also projected to be drafted in the first round this year also. The most recent player from Ole Miss to be drafted in the first round was offensive lineman Michael Oher, selected 23rd overall by the Baltimore Ravens in 2009.