Hoge’s Bears Big Board: No. 6 OT Laremy Tunsil

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In this Oct. 24, 2015, file photo, Texas A&M defensive lineman Myles Garrett (15) is locked up by Mississippi offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil (78) during the first half of their NCAA college football game in Oxford, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

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OT Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss
Age: 21
Height: 6-5
Weight: 310

College Career: A former five-star recruit and three-year starter at Ole Miss, Tunsil lived up to the hype in college despite never playing a full season. Left school a year early to enter the draft.

Strengths: Easily the most athletic offensive lineman in the draft, Tunsil has great feet and mobility with the frame to add even more strength. Balance is rarely an issue, allowing him to adjust on top pass rushers even if he’s beaten early. Good run blocker, but a lockdown left tackle as a pass protector.

Weaknesses: Needs to get a little stronger to matchup against NFL pass rushers. Injury prone. Was suspended by the NCAA for seven games in 2015 for receiving impermissible benefits. Teammate Robert Nkemdiche claimed Tunsil was in the room with him during a December hotel incident that resulted in Nkemdiche being charged with possession of marijuana.

Bears Outlook: When healthy and on the football field, there’s little doubt Tunsil is good enough to be an All-Pro. The inability to play every game in a single season in college is worrisome though and the Nkemdiche revelation adds an extra red flag, albeit minor. Tunsil might fall a few spots after the Rams traded up for the No. 1 overall pick, but it’s doubtful he’s still available for the Bears at No. 11.

More: Hoge’s Full Bears Big Board

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Adam Hoge covers the Chicago Bears for WGN Radio and WGNRadio.com. He also co-hosts The Beat, weekends on 720 WGN. Follow him on Twitter at @AdamHoge.

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