Two months worth of projection went up in smoke just two weeks prior to the draft, and now one of the biggest questions in the first round after pick No. 1 is how low Laremy Tunsil will go.
The blockbuster trade the Rams and Titans swung last week dramatically shook up the top of the draft’s first round and figures to again put the top-rated quarterbacks center stage when the festivities open in Chicago on the night of April 28. But if there was an obvious non-winner in the deal that put the relocated Rams in position to deliver a new star to the star-obsessed Los Angeles market, it was Mississippi offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, who had been the presumed favorite to go first overall to Tennessee.
Instead, about two months worth of projection went up in smoke just two weeks prior to the draft, and now one of the secondary questions in the first round is how low Laremy will go. Some have him sliding comfortably into San Diego’s No. 3 slot, but I’ve got his wait taking twice that long, with Baltimore stopping his slide at No. 6. That’ll cost him some salary, but the Ravens have been a first-class organization, and Baltimore seems poised to make 2016 a bounce-back season.
What once seemed fairly clear at the top of this draft is now wonderfully murky. As it should be, given the intrigue and melodrama that surrounds almost everything associated with the NFL these days. Forget everything you thought you knew in this mock draft season, because the storylines have just been substantially reset. Here’s my second attempt at mocking out the first round, with the picking now just 10 days away.