How real is the Laremy Tunsil/Ronnie Stanley debate?

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Before the Titans bailed out of the top spot in the draft, it was believed that they were leaning strongly toward taking Mississippi tackle Laremy Tunsil. Now that the top two picks, held by the Rams and Eagles in the event you’ve been out of the country or off the planet lately, will go to quarterbacks, it could be harder to project a landing spot for Tunsil — especially with some believing that Ronnie Stanley could be the choice.

The most obvious spot for Tunsil becomes No. 3 to the Chargers, who are believed to be wrestling between Tunsil and Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey. If the Chargers pass, things could then get interesting.

Some think a team in the teens could try to make a move up to get Tunsil, with the Titans being a candidate worth watching. Others think that, if push comes to shove, a team could opt for Stanley over Tunsil. Tunsil is regarded as having a higher ceiling but also as being more of a wildcard; Stanley is regarded as being a safer selection. However, most believe that Tunsil possesses a meaner streak, and some wonder how nasty Stanley will be when it’s time to start pushing and shoving.

Before the Titans traded back, some thought they were struggling between Tunsil and Stanley and opted to punt. If the Chargers don’t pull the trigger on Tunsil, a team like the Jaguars, Ravens, or Browns could be the franchise to resolve the Tunsil-or-Stanley question — unless Tennessee crashes the party by coming back up to get Tunsil.

26 responses to “How real is the Laremy Tunsil/Ronnie Stanley debate?

  1. The Titans made a beautiful move selling #1, why would they make a bone-head move and try to trade-up? They’re loaded with picks and can add significant talent to the team… giving away picks would be the dumbest thing to do at this point.

  2. More importantly than how they compare to each other…how do they stack up to other o linemen taken in the top half of the draft in recent years on a skill and injury level. In a heavily favored defensive draft like this that is the more important question the teams at the top are evaluating.

  3. We could be looking back in ten years wondering why Jack Conklin wasn’t included in this discussion. I’m guessing there are teams out there that are hoping and praying that Conklin falls to them. Don’t be shocked if Conklin goes before Stanley.

  4. Tunsil is a better prospect, but the gap isn’t that big. Some teams might actually like Stanley’s upside more. Tunsil is a pro bowl caliber LT from day one. The main concern with Tunsil is injury history. The main concern with Stanley is his love for the game, which several teams have reportedly called into question.

    I think the Chargers would be much better off taking Ramsey or Buckner. King Dunlap and Joe Barksdale are locked through 2019, and Chris Hairston provides quality depth. Cutting either of those guys would bring a ton of dead money, and it would be too much money to just put on the bench. You can plug Buckner in from day one and he would be a perfect fit. Ramsey is a less than perfect fit, but arguably the best prospect in the draft. Decisions…

  5. Why not package a couple picks +15 and move up to get the guy you wanted and still have the rest of the picks from the Rams to build with?

    Titans will have theirs and the Rams 1st Rd picks in 2017, both could still be top 15 picks.

  6. We could be looking back in ten years wondering why Jack Conklin wasn’t included in this discussion. I’m guessing there are teams out there that are hoping and praying that Conklin falls to them. Don’t be shocked if Conklin goes before Stanley.

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    Yeah we COULD be I guess. We could also be wondering why some lineman in round 4 didn’t go higher. The whole thing is a crap shoot. Fromt he stuff I’ve read, I like Taylor Decker better than Conklin. But who the hell knows?

  7. How real is the Laremy Tunsil/Ronnie Stanley debate?
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    I have not read anywhere that there was one … everything I have read stated Tunsil was the best tackle …

  8. I don’t understand why San Diego wouldn’t take Ramsey…. The guy is HOF type talent… They just lost Weddle…

    Look at recent drafts…you can find a good starting tackle EVERY year…. Safeties like Ramsey only come around once ever 4 or 5 years….Don’t over think it San Diego and take the Safety for crissakes don’t let Dallas get their hands on him!

  9. Leremy Tunsil has bust written all over him. He has never played a full season in college due to injuries, which some say were the result of poor conditioning and he has character concerns. Ronnie Stanley is the safer-cleaner player.

  10. pkrjones says:
    Apr 27, 2016 7:02 AM

    The Titans made a beautiful move selling #1, why would they make a bone-head move and try to trade-up? They’re loaded with picks and can add significant talent to the team… giving away picks would be the dumbest thing to do at this point.
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    Oh I don’t know, the price may be palatable. One of the Rams’ former #2s and #15 would be ideal to get a guy to protect Mariota. Giving up #32, #15, and a 4th may be a little dumb. More than that would be prohibitive I think. However if Tunsil passes Jacksonville the price would be even lower than the first example.

  11. Stanley is not mean enough….it doesnt seem like he loves the game. I hope the Niners dont take him at 7

  12. B007 says:
    Apr 27, 2016 8:53 AM
    How real is the Laremy Tunsil/Ronnie Stanley debate?
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    I have not read anywhere that there was one … everything I have read stated Tunsil was the best tackle …
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    I agree. I have always heard of Tunsil referred to as the best tackle in the draft

  13. “Now that the top two picks …. will go to quarterbacks.”

    I’m not so sure about that, and think not. If I am wrong I will own it.

  14. pkrjones says:
    Apr 27, 2016 7:02 AM
    The Titans made a beautiful move selling #1, why would they make a bone-head move and try to trade-up? They’re loaded with picks and can add significant talent to the team… giving away picks would be the dumbest thing to do at this point.
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    If Tunsil is the guy they were aiming for at No. 1 before trading down, it wouldn’t be a terrible move to trade up from 15 to, say, 6th or 8th, in order to get him. They could probably move up to that range by trading 15 and 33.

    That way, they get the guy they wanted… at a slot value of 5 to 7 picks lower, and they still make out like bandits adding a 2nd and 3rd rounder from Philly, and next years picks too.

  15. TN needs more picks and depth WAY worse than they need Tunsil. They can take the best OT that falls to them, keep their picks, and really clean up on day 2…

  16. “Nasty streaks” are overrated. Toughness and pure aggressiveness are not the same as nasty. The NFL’s all-time iron man, Bruce Matthews, was an All-Pro at what, three different positions on the offensive line (including left tackle)? You couldn’t find a tougher or less nasty player than that class act of a stud.

  17. Titans fan here… I’m so sick of the Titans drafting offensive linemen in the first round. They’ve done that with Chance Warmack and Taylor Lewan, and look where that’s gotten them – looking for another lineman in round 1. Come on! What a buzzkill to an exciting offseason so far. Even Delanie Walker said that they don’t need another young offensive lineman, because they have so many. I would agree.

    I guess we got our share of excitement last year when they got a new QB, so it’s back to the same ole Titans drafts… drafting another lineman that they’ll be looking to replace soon because they play against JJ Watt twice a year…

  18. if they can trade away number 1 and still get they they want and come out positive on picks .. genius
    strange that two teams are mortgaging the future on two quarterbacks that wouldn’t even be in the top ten in most draft classes bravo to both Browns and Titans

  19. Chargers run defense is 2nd to worst or worst in nearly every category. They are horrible at getting to the QB for sacks, hits, and pressure. It literally makes no sense for the Chargers to pass up Buckner, who would instantly make everyone better on defense, to draft an offensive lineman when that area of the team is one of the few they’ve invested in this offseason.

  20. I’m glad the Ravens picked Stanley over Tunsil. We’ve had enough “character” issues lately.

    As far as Stanley being “nasty” enough. All we need to do is go back and look at “my favorite Raven of all time” Mr. Ogden. Ogden wasn’t “nasty”. He was a gentle giant, but played the position with dignity and class and at a higher level than most. And is a HOFer. I wish he didn’t have to retire when Joe came on board, it could have been a difference maker. They may have gone to the SB instead of just the AFC Championship that year. Anyway…

    Welcome Ronnie. I’m excited to have you here in Baltimore. Here’s to many years of success with the Ravens!!!!

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