One Ole Miss star solidified his elite status on Monday, while another cast further doubts about his speed.
Rebels offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil might be the best player in the 2016 NFL Draft class, and we were reminded that he’s one of the strongest
After opting not to work out at the NFL Combine, Tunsil impressed the 63 NFL representatives in attendance at Ole Miss pro day by hoisting 34 reps on the bench press. Tunsil’s mark of 34 would have been tied with Arizona State offensive guard Christian Westerman for the most among all players who participated at the Combine.
It wasn’t as great of a day for wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, who skipped the drills at the Combine to spend more time preparing for his pro day. Treadwell’s performance in the 40-yard dash was roughly what scouts expected, and his best time was an unofficial 4.63 seconds on his second attempt. Treadwell’s first attempt was slightly slower.
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Somehow, Tunsil found a way to improve his already-top-notch draft stock. The only real question has been whether the Tennessee Titans will take him with the No. 1 overall pick. Coach Hugh Freeze said he believes Tunsil is certainly worthy of being taken first overall during an interview with NFL Network’s Mike Mayock.
“I have no idea how you could pass on a left tackle that moves like he does,” Freeze said. “The one knock that anyone might’ve had would be ‘Hey he’s got to polish up his run blocking skills.’ Because his second step gets in the ground faster than most human beings, he’s going to be a good run blocker also.
“But I would ask also is it more important to have that polish or to protect that quarterback from that defensive end? There’s no one that I’ve seen that’s as good as him at doing that.”
Some scouts may be concerned with Treadwell’s performance, but Freeze told Mayock that Treadwell’s production on the field — namely, 82 catches for 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior — is more important than his 40 time.
“It depends on what you’re going to ask him to do,” Freeze said. “I think if you put on the tape and you watch how he performs against some of the best players in the nation in this league that we play in, I think that speaks volumes over what the clock says just on a 40 time.”