Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil is the best draft prospect in the upcoming Ole Miss Alabama game Saturday night, according to two NFL scouts via Daniel Jeremiah of College Football 24/7.
The absurd part about this is that Tunsil may not even play this week against Alabama. Tunsil has missed the first two games of the season as the NCAA is investigating whether or not he accepted impermissible benefits. The junior offensive tackle is 6-foot-5 and weighs 305 pounds.
Tunsil is projected to be a first round pick, and certain mock drafts have him going as high as number two, according to walterfootball.com. But this is just one opinion of how the draft will shape out, although it is clear that Tunsil will likely be a top talent in the 2016 NFL Draft.
The result of Tunsil's suspension has not been announced, and the Rebels will likely need him against Alabama and there crushing defense. Two defensive linemen for Alabama who should be watched on Saturday are A'Shawn Robinson and Jarran Reed. These two were also picked by NFL executives to watch on Saturday night, as they are talent that can go to the next level, according to Jeremiah.
As a sophomore, Robinson had 6.5 tackles for loss and 49 total tackles last season. He continues to dominate the defensive line, and his big frame of 6-foot-4 and 312 pounds is exactly what scouts like. Jarran Reed is very similar to Robinson, as he is the same height and is only a pound heavier. The two of them show how Nick Saban truly recruits top talent that will go to the next level. Reed already has 10 total tackles this season and will likely continue dominating opposing linemen.
The matchup would be perfect if Tunsil could go, and to see him block against either Robinson or Reed would be very interesting. This game will have a ton of talent on the field, but without Tunsil, it may feel like something is missing. It's likely whoever wins this game will be the front runner for the SEC West, but teams like LSU and Texas A&M will also get their chance prove themselves on the national stage.