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OT Tunsil projecting as top pick

Posted by Chris Brown on February 23, 2016 – 6:11 pm

Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil is quickly becoming the consensus top overall pick in mock drafts. It’s due in part to the fact that he’s the best offensive lineman in the 2016 class, but he’s also being listed in the top spot because the Tennessee Titans currently hold the top pick. Knowing they already drafted their franchise quarterback in Marcus Mariota last year no one is projecting the Titans to take a QB with the top pick.

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ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper was one of several mock draftniks who projected Tunsil number one overall. He recently explained why in a national conference call.

“He’s certainly viable as the number one player on the board,” said Kiper of Tunsil. “(Florida State CB) Jalen Ramsey and (Oregon DE) DeForest Buckner would be in that mix as well. So he’s in the discussion to be the number one player in this draft, just by rating and need. You have to protect Marcus Mariota. You have (Taylor) Lewan who could move to right tackle and then you’d have tremendous bookends with Tunsil coming in to help your young quarterback emerge and stay healthy and upright. And (Ohio State DE) Joey Bosa doesn’t fit their scheme perfectly.”

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