The Miami Dolphins think they got the second best player in the NFL draft with the 13th pick. But there's a catch. A big, bizarre, controversial catch.
Just before Thursday's NFL Draft, a video was tweeted from the official account of Ole Miss Offensive Linemen Laremy Tunsil. The video shows him smoking from a gas mask bong.
The tweet and account were subsequently deleted, and Tunsil's agent has stated that the OT's account was hacked.
As the video went viral, team after team passed on drafting Tunsil, who was previously projected to be the first overall pick by some analysts. It's estimated the drop cost him millions in salary.
That is, until it was the Dolphins' turn. The Fins selected Tunsil with the 13th overall draft pick.
Miami said they were comfortable with Tunsil's character, saying they'd researched him and had him take personality tests.
"We did not expect him to be there (at #13)," said Dolphins General Manager Chris Grier.
At the Dolphins official draft party at Nova Southeastern University, fans were stunned they got Tunsil too. But many of them didn't realize why he slipped until we showed them the gas mask video.
He was asked if he has a drug problem he said no. And to those who question if the Dolphins can trust him? "Don't question my character," Tunsil said. "You can't judge a book by its cover. I'm a good person"
Tunsil said he was hacked on Twitter and did not specify who did it, adding he does not intend to press charges.
At a Friday press conference where the Dolphins were expected to introduce him, Tunsil was a no-show. Team officials said he couldn't attend due to an allergic reaction.
"There were some mistakes he had made in his past, we were comfortable with that, all the research we had done," Dolphins VP of football operations Mike Tannenbaum said. " We are comfortable with his character, very comfortable with Laremy, the player and the person."
Tunsil attended a later press conference where he said he was feeling better.
"The doctors took care of me so I'm good," he said.
Tunsil mostly avoided questions about the controversy surrounding the video.
"I'm excited to be here, it's a blessed opportunity just to be in the NFL, just to be a part of the Miami Dolphins organization," he said.