The 7 Highest-Drafted Ole Miss Football Players Since the 2000 NFL Draft

Oct 4, 2003; Gainesville, FL, USA: FILE PHOTO; Ole Miss Rebels quarterback (10) Eli Manning in
Oct 4, 2003; Gainesville, FL, USA: FILE PHOTO; Ole Miss Rebels quarterback (10) Eli Manning in / Paul Chapman-USA TODAY Sports
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3. Laremy Tunsil, OT - Pick 13 in the 2016 NFL Draft

In the 2016 draft, Ole Miss had three players go in the first round. Laquon Treadwell, Robert Nkemdiche and Laremy Tunsil. The highest-picked player out of the three was Tunsil, whom Miami selected with the 13th pick.

Tunsil would have likely been taken in the top 10. However, teams were concerned when minor off-the-field incidents surfaced moments before the draft. The Dolphins were a team that did not take Tunsil off their board, making him the third OT taken behind Ronnie Stanley and Jack Conklin.

In his first season with the team, Tunsil played left guard before switching over to left tackle the following season. In his three seasons with Miami, Tunsil started in 44 games, missing just one in his rookie season. 

In 2019, the Dolphins picked up his fifth-year option. However, as he looked to be heading into his fourth season with the team, Miami made a big trade with Houston on August 31. Tunsil, WR Kenny Stills, and a fourth-round pick were traded, with Miami receiving two first-round picks, a second-round pick, cornerback Johnson Bademosi, and offensive tackle Julien Davenport.

Despite missing a large chunk of the 2021 season, Tunsil has been a consistent starter for the Texans. Tunsil has started 14 or more games in his four other seasons with Houston. During those four seasons, he made the Pro Bowl every season and was ranked in the NFL's top 100 players for three seasons. The 2024 season has yet to be announced.