2016 NFL Draft: Miami Dolphins take Laremy Tunsil despite smoking video
Despite the video of Laremy Tunsil smoking marijuana that emerged on Twitter, Miami took the offensive tackle.
Tunsil was considered a potential top-five pick but a video posted to his Twitter account of Tunsil appearing to smoke out of a bong attached to a gas mask caused teams to take him off their boards.
CBS Sports' Pete Prisco loves the pick and sees it as a potential steal for the Dolphins.
Tunsil Grade: A. If he stays clear of issues, this is a steal.— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) April 29, 2016
The Dolphins are in their first draft with rookie GM Chris Grier, but many believe Mike Tannenbaum is running the show. His comfort level with Tunsil's agent wouldn't hurt matters.
Very, very strong relationship between Dolphin boss Mike Tannenbaum and Tunsil's agent, Jimmy Sexton. Probably helped in this instance— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) April 29, 2016
Following the selection, Tunsil addressed the video that was posted to his Twitter account.
"Man, it was a mistake. It happened years ago. Someone hacked my Twitter account," Tunsil told Deion Sanders after being selected. "I don't know who it was."
"I'm going to show everyone what type of person I am," Tunsil added. "Things happen for a reason and I'm glad to be here."
Tunsil was clearly relieved when he was selected.
Laremy Tunsil let's out huge sigh of relief after being drafted by the Dolphins pic.twitter.com/rRLuHAch6E— gifdsports (@gifdsports) April 29, 2016
When pressed about what kind of person he is, Tunsil called himself "a great man" who will "put it all on the line" for Miami.
Just about as technically sound as any lineman you’ll see coming into the NFL, Tunsil is surprisingly graceful on his feet for such a huge man (6-foot-5, 310 pounds).
He even caught a touchdown pass in the closing seconds of the Sugar Bowl!
He’s an incredible specimen when it comes to pass blocking, lithe on his feet and capable of stepping right in and starting. There might be questions about his strength when it comes to run blocking, but certainly he can be coached up and has the athleticism to develop his game all around.
Tunsil will also be a big-time story to watch given how his draft night unfolded.
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