As a strong candidate to be the No. 1 overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft, Laremy Tunsil was sure to draw scouts by the droves Monday at Ole Miss' pro day. And just as surely, the team holding the draft's top pick showed up in strong numbers.
Titans head coach Mike Mularkey, general manager Jon Robinson, offensive line coach Russ Grimm, director of college scouting Blake Beddingfield, offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie and scout Jon Salge, whose responsibilities include Mississippi prospects, were present at the pro day Monday, according to Jim Wyatt of Titans Online. A total of 63 reps from all 32 NFL teams -- a record crowd for an Ole Miss pro day, per the school -- were on hand for the event.
If Grimm isn't the coach who conducts Tunsil's positional workout, you can bet he'll at least be paying very close attention.
"(Tunsil) is strong, and you can see him block a lot of good football players," Robinson said during an NFL Network interview Monday. "He's a tough guy, a big man. He's hard to get around, he can really run. You can see him on some of those space plays when he pulls and runs out on the screen game, or he's working to get a safety when a running back breaks a long run. It's easy to evaluate how athletic he is."
But for the Titans and every other NFL club, Tunsil was far from the only draw. Wide receiver Laquon Treadwell could be the first player at his position drafted, and defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche is one of the draft's top talents, as well.
Tunsil was impressive in position drills at the NFL Scouting Combine last month, but that's the only part of the event he participated in. As such, the pro day provides scouts with a much more complete picture of his athleticism. According to the school, Tunsil recorded 34 reps on the bench press (225 pounds). That mark ties this year's combine leader in the event among offensive linemen (Arizona State's Christian Westerman), and NFL Media analysts were beaming about Tunsil's work in position drills Monday.