The Dolphins, whose front office was rumored to be in discussions with the Dolphins earlier this year, have taken notice and in return, the Texans have also agreed to a contract. The deal is expected to be completed and a contract signed late this week. In terms of the draft pick that the Dolphins acquired, they have sent the pick to Baltimore. Tunsil is a defensive end by trade. Tunsil is a Florida State product and was highly-rated coming out of college. Tunsil, who played both guard and tackle at FSU, has been a fixture with the team over the last four years. Tunsil has had a fantastic career thus far, going straight to the Pro Bowl when he signed. With the talent of Tunsil and the team’s draft position at the position and having an abundance of free agents (at a position that’s very dry at the moment) it’s believed that Houston will hold off on dealing them. If he’s not traded, he will be a restricted free agent after the season and his contract will be considered for tender by the NFL - meaning his value will be determined not only by his performance but also by the team’s salary cap. (A tender, in NFL terms, is a negotiating position; in which a player knows his worth, as far as what is agreed upon with the team. He is not required to sign a contract with the team. The Dolphins would rather try to work stuff out before the tender even comes in and is worth something.) Ifyou look across the board there is no clear leader to be had here, though there is certainly no shortage of talent. We’ll take a look at each of these players and take a look at where they fit in the draft.
Laremy Tunsil, DT, Ole Miss So the last part of Tunsil’s bio is pretty darn important:
Tunsil, 23, is a six-year veteran with four first-team All-SEC selections and nine defensive first-team selections. The first-team All-SEC honoree is a consensus All-American before he caught the attention of Miami’s front office, being brought in as a potential successor to current starter Ndamukong Suh, as well as the future of the Dolphins defense (which is in the spotlight at the moment) by general manager Jeff Ireland. “Everything he put in the classroom and at practice, you know … it was obvious, as a player this is going to be a very successful football player for a very long time,’’ Ireland said. “I was not sure if it would go that way. He brings an unbelievable blend of athleticism, length, energy, and skillset to our team.”
So the Dolphins will keep him. We’ll also take a look at the other players on their defense.
1) Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina 2) Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina 3) Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska and Ryan Shazier, ILB, Ohio State 4) Brandon Doughty, OLB, Colorado (5) Ndamukong Suh, DT, Miami 5) Cameron Erving, C, Florida.
Laremy Tunsil is a freak with the ball. Most people have a natural tendency to let the opposing wide receiver get open and this is more likely the reason why the Ravens gave up the first-round pick. While I liked Clowney on several levels and we were friends during the past year, I felt like I was better suited to Tunsil. Tunsil is a freak in space and has terrific bend, as well as some of the best strength I’ve ever seen. That ability, along with speed, is exactly what you want when you are playing nose tackle. No matter what it takes, Clowney doesn’t give you a choice here. Tunsil is going to be the anchor for the Texans inside in their 3-4. He can slide outside and be the play-end for your 4-3 front. Tunsil is currently listed at 265lbs and looks to be around 280lbs - with some growth involved at both the defensive tackle and safety positions though. That’s a bit large for a 4-3 tackle, but Tunsil is a power guy and while he can be a bit slow on some plays for a small guy, Tunsil has excellent change-of-direction in his game (and if that changes in the NFL, I’m willing to be a bit biased).
A more complete analysis of Tunsil’s game can be found here . The more I follow the draft, the more I love Tunsil and his potential. I love that he’s at linebacker, because I like that position so much. It’s also a position where