As expected, the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft went off without a hitch on Thursday night. Kidding. The entire NFL draft was chaos from the beginning and it was exhilarating to watch it unfold.
Minutes before the NFL draft started, Ole Miss Rebels’ offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil was bombarded via social media. First, a video was tweeted of Tunsil using a mask as a smoking apparatus. It was quickly taken down, but still photos were floating around the internet, and the damage to Tunsil’s draft stock was already achieved.
A few short weeks ago, Tunsil was projected to go No. 1 in the NFL Draft. After a couple of trades by the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles, Tunsil was pushed aside for a couple of overvalued quarterbacks. Cal’s Jared Goff was selected first overall, while North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz was picked by the Eagles to commence the NFL draft. However, Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com says Tunsil’s stock was dropping before the NFL draft started. It wasn’t about a hacked account at all.
When the Baltimore Ravens came up to bat with the No. 6 pick, they were in the market for an offensive tackle. Instead of selecting Tunsil, they picked Notre Dame’s Ronnie Stanley. It was the first official time Tunsil lost an NFL draft spot. Two spots later, the Tennessee Titans traded up to select Michigan State’s Jack Conklin. Remember, the Titans had the first overall pick, but swapped with the Rams earlier this month. If the Titans kept the No. 1 pick, they were planning to take Tunsil.
Instead, Tunsil dropped to the No. 13 pick by the Miami Dolphins. Therefore, the Dolphins may have received the steal of the first round. Tunsil passed all prior drug tests, so he’s not in the system. However, the controversy was just beginning for the first round NFL draft pick.
Moments after getting selected, a post to Tunsil’s Instagram page showed some damning information of conversations between he an members of the Ole Miss’ staff. While the posts won’t hurt Tunsil, there will be an investigation into the Rebels’ program.
During Tunsil’s press conference, he kind of admitted to receiving money from the coaching staff.