Laremy Tunsil, Laquon Treadwell and Robert Nkemdiche will all be in Chicago to get their new NFL jerseys hand delivered by Roger Goodell. On Tuesday, the NFL released a roster of 25 players who will attend the draft on April 28 and, as expected, all three of the Ole Miss stars are on the guest list. That ties Alabama for the second most of any school. Ohio State will tie an all-time record by sending five.
Hugh Freeze is also expected to be in the house to
get that TV time for crootin celebrate his former players.
Tunsil is the presumptive No. 1 overall pick to the Titans, though there have been just enough reports to the contrary to keep up the suspense. Titans GM Jon Robinson said last week that he and the Titans are going "back and forth" with trading out of the top spot, which could be typical pre-draft gamesmanship more than anything.
However, Pro Football Talk claims that "a high-level executive with a team in the top half of the draft suggested that the Titans are trying to trade down in part because they can't decide between Tunsil and Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley." I don't put a whole lot of validity into source (an exec from another probably doesn't know what the Titans are discussing internally), but its a theory that holds water. The Titans could 1) stash more draft picks while 2) still picking up a high quality left tackle. Even if that is something they're considering, it might be too risky—if they trade back too far, they could miss out on both guys.
Treadwell's at risk of sliding a bit after his slow 40, but there doesn't seem to be any danger of him falling out of the first round. He could land anywhere between the Giants (10th) to the Bengals (24th), with New Orleans, Los Angeles, Detroit and Minnesota serving as possible landing spots along the way.
There's an increasing sentiment that Nkemdiche could drop back into the second round, but I'll believe it when I see it. The farther he drops, the more likely it is that a given team—even one that doesn't have a need at defensive tackle—will grab him. A top-five talent can only fall so far before
Jerry Jones trades up to get him a team decides his bargain price outweighs the risk.
Also on the list, by the way, is noted Grinder Chris Jones, who came damn close to picking Ole Miss on National Signing Day 2013. I hate to drag up the what-ifs, but... what if he and Nkemdiche played on the same D-line for three seasons?
Full list of draft attendees
CB Eli Apple, Ohio State
DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State
DT Vernon Butler, Louisiana Tech
WR Corey Coleman, Baylor
OT Jack Conklin, Michigan State
OT Taylor Decker, Ohio State
WR Josh Doctson, Texas Christian
DE Kevin Dodd, Clemson
RB Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State
QB Jared Goff, California
CB Vernon Hargreaves, Florida
LB Myles Jack, UCLA
DT Chris Jones, Mississippi State
DE Shaq Lawson, Clemson
LB Darron Lee, Ohio State
S Keanu Neal, Florida
DT Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss
LB Reggie Ragland, Alabama
CB Jalen Ramsey, Florida State
DT Jarran Reed, Alabama
DT A'Shawn Robinson, Alabama
OT Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame
WR Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss
OT Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss
QB Carson Wentz, North Dakota State