ESPN NFL Draft expert Mel Kiper has ranked Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil as the No. 1 underclassman offensive tackle in the 2016 NFL Draft. It’s certainly hard to argue with that, as Tunsil has proven over his two seasons with the Rebels that he is indeed one of the best at his position.
However, the rising junior’s stock could soon be on the decline if he is deemed ineligible to play this season.
As the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reported, the NCAA is investigating Tunsil after his stepfather, Lindsey Miller alleged that he had met with agents this summer and received improper benefits. Miller’s allegations came after Tunsil sought to charge him with domestic violence.
Whether or not the allegations are true, they don’t take away from the fact that at 6-foot-5, 305 pounds, Tunsil is a fine offensive tackle and is going to play a big role this season as Ole Miss looks to build off of going 9-4 (5-3 SEC) last season, its most successful under Hugh Freeze.
Just the same, even if he is deemed eligible to play, this situation could still affect his overall draft value as Draft Day draws closer next year.
Campus Sports will update Tunsil’s situation as the NCAA’s investigation progresses.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to USA TODAY Sports