There is no denying Laremy Tunsil’s talent. He’s one of the five best pass blockers in the NFL. He ensures that players like Yannick Ngakoue, Bud Dupree, or Josh Allen won’t come in and ruin your entire day. Of course, Tunsil needs to be more of a bully in the run game, and his talent still must match his performance in that facet of his game. Still, if you are looking for a pure one-on-one pass protector, Tunsil is one of the best around.
ESPN recently ranked the ten best players at each position. The Texans had one player find one list, and that’s Laremy Tunsil, who landed at number three among offensive tackles.
Highest ranking: 2 | Lowest ranking: 9
Age: 26 | Last year’s ranking: 2
One of the league’s most gifted linemen, Tunsil might be the lone star out of Houston to crack a top-10 list at any position. He is a true anchor who can win with power or quick feet, winning 89.7% of his pass-block snaps in 2020.
“He’s more explosive and athletic — he’s not devastating with ferocity like Trent Williams,” said an NFC offensive coach. “But he’s got that gear that most don’t where when he wants to dominate, he can.”
Pro Football Focus calls Tunsil a “middling run-blocker,” but coaches still consider him a threat in that area, at least when he wants to be.
Did Tunsil fleece the Texans with his contract extension? Yes.
Is a left tackle alone that important? No.
Should Houston have restructured his contract a few months ago No.
All of these things are true, but none of them take away from Tunsil’s talent and performance.