Breaking Down Taylor Decker and Laremy Tunsil

Taylor Decker – OT – Ohio State Decker is a true fourth year senior and a three year starter for Ohio State. He is a former four star recruit who originally committed to Notre Dame but changed his commitment when Notre Dame made a change with the offensive line coach. He has been a dominant player and strong leader for the Buckeyes. Size – 6064 – 317 – 5.20 all estimates Strong Points – Very good size to go along with excellent strength and power. Has good length. Is a very good athlete for the position, light on his feet with very good lateral agility and recovery quicks. He is explosive on contact and consistently get movement with his run blocks. Takes good angles to the second level and makes productive blocks. Good in space. Sets quickly in pass pro, has a strong punch and keeps good position. Can slide and recover versus moves. Plays with bend and has very good ability to anchor. Plays a very physical type game. Weak Points – Can be a bit slow off the ball (more so in 2014). Summation – Taylor will be an early draft pick and will come in and play right away for most NFL clubs. Like many rookies, he may start out on the right side or at guard but will eventually line up on the left side and be a winning NFL offensive tackle. He is very competitive and likes to win and that will help him at the next level.   Laremy Tunsil – OT – Mississippi Tunsil is a third year junior and a three year starter at left tackle for Ole Miss. Was suspended for the first seven games of the 2015 season for receiving improper benefits. Came back to play in the Texas A&M game. Was a former 5-star recruit who was offered by the best programs in the USA. Will most likely enter the 2016 NFL Draft as an underclassmen. Size – 6050 – 307 – 4.90 all estimates Strong Points – Has good natural size and long arms with the frame to easily carry 315+ and not lose any mobility. Has exceptional overall athletic ability with very quick feet and is a natural bender. Will probably run a sub 5.0 40 at the Combine. Shows very good lateral agility, stays in balance and can recover. Never off his feet. He is a natural bender who is always in good football position. Has very good overall strength and explosion. Is able to get movement with his run blocks and is excellent at playing in space and getting to the second level. Excellent ability to adjust on the move. Has a quick set in pass pro and is very good at shutting off outside speed. Has quick hands and does a good job keeping his hands inside. Plays a physical competitive game. Weak Points – Needs to add a little more bulk and strength especially in the lower body. While he is good versus bull rushers at the college level, added lower strength and bulk will be needed versus NFL bull rushers. Clubs will looks closely as to the reasons for his NCAA suspension. Summation – Few can match the athleticism of Laremy Tunsil. He has the feet, quickness and agility to be a star at left tackle in the NFL. After he came back from his suspension he had to battle Texas A&M’s well known sack artist Myles Garrett. Tunsil for the most part won the battle. Any plays Garrett made were when Tunsil wasn’t blocking him. Tunsil has unlimited upside and may be the first offensive lineman drafted. While he is not as physical as Ohio State’s Decker, he is a much better athlete. Tunsil is just 21 years old and hasn’t yet gotten to where he eventually will be physically. You don’t see offensive linemen with his natural skill set in every draft. Follow Greg on Twitter @greggabe

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