Looking ahead to NFL Combine

A quick look at the big three who are expected to go in the first round of the draft. …

Laremy Tunsil’s seven-game NCAA suspension will seem like light years ago on draft day in Chicago.

While his teammate, Robert Nkemdiche, faces questions of character in looming NFL interviews, the NFL cares not that Tunsil’s loaner car issues put him cross-ways with the NCAA. Here’s the profile.

What the NFL cares about is what happened after that suspension, how Tunsil took the field in the eighth week of the season with no previous game action and dominated a talent like Texas A&M end Myles Garrett.

They care about Tunsil’s athleticism and footwork. The NCAA issue would be of greater concern if it was one of many layers, but it wasn’t.

Except where his stepfather was concerned Tunsil stayed free of the negative spotlight.

With all those things considered, three of four draft analysts for NFL.com list Tunsil as the No. 1 overall pick.

There are areas in which Tunsil needs to improve, no doubt. NFL.com cites body mass and leg drive, but it also sees in him all-pro potential. …

Good stuff on Laquon Treadwell.

One of the comments in the analysis on Treadwell talks about “focus drops.” That’s a new term for me, but I immediately understood it and would agree that there seemed to be more of those with Treadwell than in earlier seasons. I thought more of those came earlier in the season rather than later. Here’s the profile.

They’re not enamored with Treadwell’s speed, and for that reason there seems to be some difficulty in where to place him in the mock drafts though there’s agreement that he’ll go in the first round.

The unnamed source warns against putting too much emphasis on speed. Early in the analysis Treadwell is described as a “catch winner.” That would seem to trump most other things. …

Robert Nkemdiche’s wild weekend in Atlanta could cost him dearly in the draft.

It also may not cost him, because there are 32 teams making picks. It’s possible some or most of them will be so enchanted with his physical gifts that they’re willing to overlook a lack of maturity that sometimes bubbles over.

Here’s Nkemdiche’s pre-combine profile from NFL.com. Check out the “Sources tell us” section of the analysis.

One mock draft has Nekdmiche falling to the second round and the 53rd pick. …


Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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