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NFL trade could send former No.1 pick tumbling

Posted by Betonline Team on 4/21/2016 8:57:16 AM
NFL trade could send former No.1 pick tumbling

For weeks, University of Mississippi offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil sat at the top of every NFL draft board. This was a no-brainer because every team can use a great left tackle to protect franchise quarterbacks.

Tunsil is 6-foot-5 and 310 pounds of granite and athleticism. He is considered the most gifted offensive lineman in at least five years and is great in pass protection. Tunsil was the best prospect in the draft.

Then the trade happened that could send Tunsil tumbling down many draft boards. The Los Angeles Rams swung a massive deal with the Tennessee Titans that landed them with the top pick in the draft. The Rams moved from St. Louis to Los Angeles and they need a franchise quarterback to parade in front of new fans. They will choose between North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz, who could be a huge risk, or California quarterback Jared Goff. The Cleveland Browns, who pick second, could select the quarterback left on the board.

Rams coach Jeff Fisher picked Steve McNair in 1995, who was a risky quarterback from tiny McNeese State. That all worked out when McNair led the then Houston Titans to a Super Bowl. He could do the same with Wentz.

Tunsil might drop to the Baltimore Ravens at six who could replace injury prone Eugene Monroe. This is a steal for the Ravens who win with toughness in the trenches.

Tunsil is a better value than sixth but teams often draft for needs. The San Diego Chargers will pass on Tunsil because they have sank a lot of money in their offensive line and are likely to draft Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey.

UCLA linebacker Myles Jack goes next to the Dallas Cowboys unless wild and wacky owner Jerry Jones pushes to trade up to get either Wentz or Goff. Tony Romo remains the starting quarterback but at age 35, the Cowboys are looking for his replacement. Besides, what has the oft bumbling Romo won?

And finally, Jacksonville needs help for a defense that finished 24th in the league. They will probably go with Ohio State pass rusher Joey Bosa. That leaves Tunsil at number six.

The Ravens are likely to entertain trade offers from the New York Giants who need line help at number 10 or the Titans who now have the 15th pick. But they could both end up with quality linemen. The Giants can choose from Notre Dame tackle Ronnie Stanley and the Titans could grab Michigan State lineman Jack Conklin.

The Detroit Lions draft after the Titans and are looking at an offensive lineman. But this team has so many needs that it is likely to stand pat and select Ohio State lineman Taylor Decker and move current left tackle Riley Reiff to right tackle.

“There is not a pass rusher that I’ve seen that has given him real problems,” CBSSports draft analyst Rob Rang said about Tunsil. “He’s a very clean prospect in terms of his athletic ability, his pure talent level, the level of competition he played and his technique.”

Ole Miss averaged 200 yards rushing with Tunsil in the lineup and just 88 yards rushing in four games he missed because of a suspension.


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