Many people believed Laremy Tunsil’s free fall in the 2016 NFL Draft was due to an alleged pair of social media hacks on Tunsil’s Twitter and Instagram accounts. One former NFL general manager believes Thursday night’s nightmare situation had nothing to do with Tunsil’s slide out of the top 10.
Former NFL GM Bill Polian told The Paul Finebaum Show that what happened Thursday night didn’t affect Tunsil’s declining stock. Many NFL teams were ready to pass on Tunsil before the incidents occurred.
“What the public has seen via the video is not what caused him to fall,” Polian said. “That’s the last piece in the puzzle, if you will. In fact it’s not even a piece of the puzzle, it’s just the public view of it.
“The people who had made up their minds to where to put him on the board had done so long before that stuff had appeared and they were very well aware of what the background was and made their decisions based on that.
A Twitter hack revealed a video of Tunsil smoking out of a gas mask just minutes before the draft began. Later in the evening, an Instagram hack revealed text messages sent between the left tackle and Ole Miss Assistant Athletic Director for Football Operations John Miller showing the star left tackle asking Miller to help him pay his rent and his mother’s electric bill. Tunsil later admitted to taking money from coaches during his post-draft press conference.
Polian told Finebaum there was enough information out there that had already killed Tunsil’s stock in the eyes of some front office executives.
“It was no surprise that he was sliding in the draft,” Polian said. “General managers are risk-averse. There was enough information out there, including the episode with the agent in Atlanta, that led you to believe that there was a situation here where you’ve got a player who is not as dedicated perhaps to the game or is stable in terms of his off-field life as you’d like.”
Tunsil’s horrible night eventually ended when the Miami Dolphins selected him with the No. 13 pick.