Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil was the presumptive No. 1 overall pick of the 2016 draft long after he left his college eligibility on the table and entered this year’s draft. But when the Tennessee Titans traded the top pick to the Los Angeles Rams, Tunsil’s status as the top pick suddenly tumbled. It tumbled even further on draft night, but it was the Titans trade that blurred Tunsil’s draft projection first.
Truth is, nobody — not MSU coach Mark Dantonio, not an NFL personnel executive, and certainly not an agent or family member — can tell McDowell with any real certainty whether he would be one of the draft’s first three choices. Too much can happen between January and April.
And of course, McDowell can always change his mind about the threshold for his decision.
Here’s the current depth chart at quarterback for the Seahawks: Russell Wilson … and two guys with zero NFL experience.
Jake Heaps signed with the Jets as an undrafted free agent last year and was cut during the 2015 preseason. He joined the Seahawks three months ago. Then there’s 2016 undrafted free agent Trevone Boykin, a short-by-NFL-standards quarterback who was a threat with his arm and his legs in college.
Sound familiar? Seahawks coach Pete Carroll certainly thinks so.
“Something good every day, really he’s handling it,” Carroll said recently of Boykin, via PFT. “He is in command of the huddle. He has got a terrific physical ability; he can throw, he can run, he can do all that stuff in similar style. He can do the same things that we try to do with Russ.
“So now it is just a long journey to get him right in a lot of areas. He has got the makeup, it appears, and I am really excited about him. We know, we have watched him play enough, he’s got football kind of playmaking abilities. He is always able to make things happen and in a very similar fashion as Russell did. We’re very confident that he has a chance to help us.”
San Francisco 49ers
When the 49ers get back to work Tuesday, one of their objectives remains sorting through their wide receiver options, particularly in the slot. Bruce Ellington is the odds-on favorite there, but Bryce Treggs has flashed some potential of late and DeAndrew White could also figure into the mix. Coach Chip Kelly likes Ellington because of his sense of spacing, pointing to his time on the hardwood. “He’s got his background as a basketball player,” Kelly said. “So he understands spacing, he understands how to attack a zone, he understands where the soft parts of a zone are. There’s a correlation between guys who played basketball or have a basketball background and then kind of understanding how to operate in there. So I think he’s got a real good feel for working in the slot.” — Nick Wagoner