Two blockbuster trades pushed offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil out of being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, but that was nothing compared to a shocking video posted on his Twitter account moments before it began.
Tunsil was selected by the Miami Dolphins with the No. 13 pick in the first round Thursday in Chicago. His free fall became a huge storyline after the video of him smoking from a bong in a gas mask surfaced.
Tunsil told NFL Network’s Deion Sanders shortly after he was drafted that his account was hacked, and he didn’t know about it until he was in the green room. He said it is an old video.
“I’m just happy to be a part of the Miami Dolphins,” he said. “I’m going to work my butt off.”
The 6-foot-5, 315-pounder was widely considered the best overall player in this year’s draft, but with the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles trading up for the first two picks to get quarterbacks, Tunsil moved down the board.
Signing with Ole Miss as the the No. 1 offensive tackle recruit in the Class of 2013, according to the 247Sports Composite, Tunsil was a starter at left tackle for Ole Miss almost from the first game of his career.
Tunsil’s biggest asset is his ability to pass block. During his three seasons in Oxford, Miss., he gave up just two sacks as he showed off the impressive initial punch and footwork scouts have been salivating over.
At his pro day, Tunsil got an opportunity to show off his strength with 34 repetitions on the bench press, and he continued to solidify himself as a top-10 player when he showed off his athletic ability with a 28.5-inch vertical and a 9-foot, 3-inch broad jump.
Tunsil did battle through a couple of injuries during his college career. He went down in the regular season finale of his freshman season with a knee injury. During his sophomore season, Tunsil missed two games with a partially torn bicep before he broke his leg during the Peach Bowl. He also missed the first seven games in 2015 due to a suspension for violating NCAA rules.
Obviously he has a new off-the-field issue to deal with as well.