Laremy Tunsil was at one point the projected top overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Months later, he's not even a projected top overall player on the positional depth chart. Veteran Dallas Thomas got the start ahead of Tunsil at left guard for the Dolphins in their preseason opener, and according to head coach Adam Gase, things might stay that way for a while because Tunsil's not yet ready to take over at the position.

"He's got a lot to learn," Gase said after the game. "We need him to keep getting better. His thing is it's new for him. That [shift] inside, that's a different animal. He's learning and the thing I love about him is that he works hard. All those guys came out to practice today and they turned the page from that game and whatever reps they got, they made them count."

Tunsil, of course, was a left tackle at Ole Miss, but now is trying to make the shift inside because the Dolphins have Branden Albert starting on Ryan Tannehill's blind side. One would think, given that he was drafted No. 13 overall, Tunsil would have the inside track on the starting job, but the Dolphins simply don't appear ready to go there yet.

Gase has praised Thomas' work in camp. "I think that's what I've appreciated about him, is that he's not worried about what anyone else says," he said, per the Palm Beach Post. "He cares about what his position coach says, he cares about what his coordinator says and he cares about what the head coach says, and that's all that matters to him."

For Thomas' part, he basically said he doesn't care that Tunsil's the No. 13 pick. He's going to have to pry the job away from Thomas.

"Because he has to come out here and work, I've got to come out here and work," Thomas said. "It's just the way this game goes. You can't just say, 'All right, 13, I guess I count myself out.' No."

Based on Thomas' play across his first few seasons in the league, it shouldn't be that difficult for Tunsil to take that job eventually. Just not quite yet.