After choosing to forgo his final college year and enter the 2016 NFL Draft, Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil is looking odds-on favourite for Tennessee's 1st overall pick.
The 21 year-old entered this year's NFL Scouting Combine as one of the class's elite offensive linemen and boy didn't he prove it. Tunsil's ability to blend speed, strength and flexibility inside his 6'5" frame wowed senior officials and this was particularly evident during pass protection drills. When watching Tunsil in action you can see the level of knowledge he has for the game. The recognition of the blitz, the ability to adjust, eliminate a linebacker and execute appropriate blocks, it's all there. There's little wonder why many are already likening him to 3-time Pro Bowler, Tyron Smith.
This sort of prospect will no doubt have Titans fans rubbing their hands together. After finishing the 2015 season at 3-13 with rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota under center, it was clear that the offensive line was in desperate need of a makeover. Should 2014 first-round selection Taylor Lewan move in at right tackle to accomodate Tunsil's presence at Mariota's blindside, it's fair to say we'd see a positive outcome. In fact, it's the type of reshuffle that could work wonders for this proud franchise.
The addition of Tunsil and a reassured offensive line would also provide head-coach Mike Mularkey with a chance to re-establish the run. Mularkey's men ranked 25th on the ground last season, barely averaging over four yards per carry. As a result, Tennessee's acquisition of 2014 'Offensive Player of the Year' DeMarco Murray, is sure to change things.
Tunsil's talents inside a Titans uniform seems like a match made in heaven. The potential is there, as is the time to iron out any concerns of durability evident in his college days. Tunsil's selection as the cornerstone of this rebuilding process is sure to excite both fans and pundits alike. Don't believe me? Just ask NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein what he thought of the two-time 'All-SEC First Team' tackle:
"Laremy Tunsil to me is going to be the best left tackle in the league, or one of the top two, within three years."
With a prediction as bold as this, surely Tennessee won't pass this player up. The NFL Draft will commence on the 28th of April. Let the new league year begin.