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Laremy Tunsil looks like the favorite to be the Titans’ top pick

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 01:  Laremy Tunsil #78 of the Mississippi Rebels scores runs in a touchdown during the second quarter against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) Getty Images

Heading into the Combine, Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil is increasingly looking like the overwhelming favorite to go to the Titans as the first overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

All four of NFL.com’s mock drafts have Tunsil going first. The CBS mock draft has Tunsil going first. Mel Kiper’s mock draft has Tunsil going first. Mike Mayock thinks Tunsil is a perfect fit for Tennessee.

“Great feet, long arms, but I don’t know if he’s as strong as Trent,” Mayock told Peter King of TheMMQB.com. “If you’re Tennessee, and you’ve got your franchise quarterback, step two is how you enhance his position, protecting him up front and getting him enough weapons. The one thing I say about the first pick is he better be a good football player on day one, an eight-to-10-year starter barring injury, an alpha male, good in the locker room . . . or you don’t want to take him there. But does Tunsil make sense for Tennessee? Sure he does, and he enhances two positions, because you can move Taylor Lewan to the right side, which is probably a better position for him.”

It’s still more than two months before the draft, and there’s no sure thing right now. The Titans will consider trading down, especially if some team that falls in love with a quarterback offers them a package of picks. But the Titans have identified protecting quarterback Marcus Mariota as their top priority heading into this offseason, and nothing would bolster their pass protection more than drafting Tunsil.

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30 Responses to “Laremy Tunsil looks like the favorite to be the Titans’ top pick”
  1. suhmonster90 says: Feb 22, 2016 6:35 AM

    If they do draft him I predict they would play him at right tackle first year. Isn’t Lewan a decent LT already?

  2. mazenblue says: Feb 22, 2016 6:45 AM

    No need to string it along. Yall need a baller.

  3. megabeast37215 says: Feb 22, 2016 7:46 AM

    Bookend tackles are an amazing luxury for an offense. Mariota will love it.. so will whoever ends up being their running back. I’m not happy about it lol

    -A Jags Fan

  4. officialgame says: Feb 22, 2016 7:54 AM

    NFL people copy everything including terminology. This years catch phrase is “alpha male”. You are going to hear that phrase everywhere. I guess “Omega males” are out but the reality is you need a mix of both.If you have a pack of just alpha dogs by the end of week there would only be one left alive. Sounds like a fun locker room.

  5. savethebs says: Feb 22, 2016 8:17 AM

    Unless some team offers them a RG3 type haul (not going to happen in this draft) for that pick they need to stay put & take Tunsil. Solidy your LT & RT for the next decade with Tunsil/Lewan. This is how you develop a young QB, you protect him.

  6. ctiggs says: Feb 22, 2016 8:17 AM

    him or bosa , regardless it starts in the trenches

  7. gotitan says: Feb 22, 2016 8:18 AM

    Please be GREAT!

  8. samitonsports says: Feb 22, 2016 8:19 AM

    In my opinion, Ramsey, Jack, Jaylon Smith, Goff, Tunsil, and Bosa all feel like they’re going to be studs.

  9. TeamBalco says: Feb 22, 2016 8:36 AM

    There will be a several trades. Yes, including the first overall pick.

  10. bassplucker says: Feb 22, 2016 9:16 AM

    I’m not sure he’s quite all that he’s being hyped up to be but he is a whole lot more worthy of the 1st overall pick than any of the QBs or pass rushers available this year. And as the playoffs and Superbowl revealed, if your OTs aren’t solid on both edges you’re only going to go so far.

  11. igornathanhiggers says: Feb 22, 2016 9:17 AM

    Funny….

    The Titans have spent 8 of their last 10 first round picks on offense and 2 of their last 3 first round picks on offensive lineman…so what should they do? Draft another offensive lineman, despite having one of the worst defenses the league has ever seen…Quick name one starter on defense! Brian Orakpo? A Redskins cast off?

    So yea, keep doing what’s werking there in Tennessee… Lol

  12. kcflake says: Feb 22, 2016 9:19 AM

    I don’t understand why teams with the top pick don’t choose to trade back and pick up xtra picks more often.

  13. linvillegorge says: Feb 22, 2016 9:19 AM

    Seems like the majority of 1st round OTs the past few years have been busts. Though, the Titans did get a good one recently in Lewan.

  14. draftrobot says: Feb 22, 2016 9:26 AM

    I’m all for BPA but I just don’t see building a Super Bowl team with two top 15 picks at offensive tackle. Lewan is already a pretty good left tackle and the rest of the league has shown you can find good right tackles in the 2nd round or later.

  15. bigjdve says: Feb 22, 2016 9:46 AM

    Yeah – let’s believe the mock drafts because they have a history of never missing a pick

  16. unitunite says: Feb 22, 2016 9:51 AM

    megabeast37215 says:
    Feb 22, 2016 7:46 AM
    Bookend tackles are an amazing luxury for an offense. Mariota will love it.. so will whoever ends up being their running back. I’m not happy about it lol

    -A Jags Fan

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    Let them have their bookend tackles. Just like real life, we’ll penetrate right through the middle.

    -A(nother) Jags Fan

  17. pooflingingmonkey says: Feb 22, 2016 10:31 AM

    ESPN thinks we’re going to pay to read Mel Kiper?

    Lol.

  18. texaspistoleer says: Feb 22, 2016 10:54 AM

    I hope he’s not a turnstile at the tackle position…

  19. skinsdiehard says: Feb 22, 2016 10:55 AM

    Never draft O-linemen in the top 10. Dumb. Too many teams have done so and have not improved. QB, DE/OLB, CB and WR still are more impact positions and appropriate for top 10 selections.

  20. intrafinesse says: Feb 22, 2016 11:31 AM

    No way an OLine man is worth the #1 overall pick.
    Trade down, or trade for next years #1 and #2.

  21. 6ball says: Feb 22, 2016 11:58 AM

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    The Titans need players on both sides of the ball. Their best move would be to trade out, obtain extra picks and still get a player they’re enamored with. However, they’re truly in a position where the ” best player available” mantra should apply.
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  22. twotonebluetitties says: Feb 22, 2016 12:37 PM

    These scouts say Laremy Tunsil is the best tackle prospect to come into the league since Tyron Smith and Mariota was hurt twice behind the Titans o-line in his promising rookie season. This is why he is the favorite to be No.1, because anyone who has followed David Carr’s career in Houston knows what happens to a promising passer behind a dysfunctional o-line. Honestly the best fit would probably be Ramsey to play free safety along with Searcy at SS for a team that desperately needs a defensive upgrade….

  23. toolkien says: Feb 22, 2016 12:49 PM

    Already looking forward to the headline when he’s cut – Titans Perform Tunsil-ectomy….

    Chris Berman will owe me $$$ when he uses it…

  24. ebdug says: Feb 22, 2016 2:35 PM

    If the Titans have identified their man, the next step is to calculate how far they can drop in the draft and still pick him.

  25. flipola says: Feb 22, 2016 2:43 PM

    Analysts love to simplify the Titans’ various situations. “Hey, their line sucks, let’s give them the top lineman.” “Hey, Chip coached Mariota for a season.. Chip to Tennessee, it’s a lock!”

    Many starting lineman are found in the mid-late rounds. Sure, finding one is easier said than done, but you have to have faith in the GM.

    Last offseason was draft offense, sign FA defense. This year should be the opposite. We need studs on defense, Denver showed us that. And as Delanie said, we don’t need yet another rookie o-lineman.

  26. bobthebillsfan says: Feb 22, 2016 3:21 PM

    Do you know why Mike Mayock wears a microphone and keeps a speaker in his ear?
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    He likes to hear himself talk.

  27. colt13 says: Feb 22, 2016 3:26 PM

    skinsdiehard says:
    Feb 22, 2016 10:55 AM
    Never draft O-linemen in the top 10. Dumb. Too many teams have done so and have not improved. QB, DE/OLB, CB and WR still are more impact positions and appropriate for top 10 selections.

    Ogden, Pace and Boselli beg to differ. They can get a running back later, and then work on the D.

  28. savethebs says: Feb 22, 2016 4:16 PM

    Last offseason was draft offense, sign FA defense. This year should be the opposite. We need studs on defense, Denver showed us that. And as Delanie said, we don’t need yet another rookie o-lineman.

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    Understand that sentiment but the defense was actually decent last year & that was without McCourty. The #1 priority right now is to develop Mariota. Drafting a stud LT is a great move in that regard. Not saying they shouldn’t address the defense in round 2+ though. And I’d be ok with them trading the pick. They just aren’t going to get much this year since there are no great QB prospects.

  29. pantherfan4055 says: Feb 22, 2016 9:49 PM

    so stupid, why wouldn’t they get a defensive player? with all those early picks the titans had in the past they should have a dominant defense. tackles that early are a bad choice , it takes acouple years for a tackle to get adjusted at the nfl level . this is why the titans suck

  30. goodmojo1 says: Feb 23, 2016 5:51 AM

    Not much to trade for this year. Titans more likely to stick and pick unless one of the QBs lights up the combine, making teams want to leapfrog the Browns to get him.

    Whether Tunsil is the pick, or not I hope TN signs an FA stud or two in the interior OL, because as Delanie Walker says more experience is needed on the OL too. If Tunsil is not to be drafted, an FA top-notch RT could be good for the mix.

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