Today we continue Looking back at the 2016 off-season for the Miami Dolphins and the 20 moves that could impact not only the 2016 season but beyond.
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Number 9: Laremy Tunsil does drugs
The 2016 NFL Draft was entertaining to watch but no one would have predicted the fall of consensus number one overall pick Laremy Tunsil.
Just prior to the start of the draft, someone hacked into a social media account of Tunsil and made public a video of Tunsil smoking a bong under a gas mask. Teams already concerned over ankle issues quickly took the top offensive lineman off their board and pick by pick he began to slide.
With each drop it appeared that the slide would end but soon Tunsil was out of the top five, then the top 10, and finally the Miami Dolphins began to scramble thinking that he could possibly fall to them.
Rumors after the draft contend that Miami had plans to draft linebacker Myles Jack with their 13th pick if he were there. Jack fell to round two amid serious injury concerns but as the clock ticked down on pick 12, the Dolphins had already made up their minds. If Tunsil was there he would be a Dolphin.
Miami, at 13 had one of the teams most fortuitous drops in history. A top rated number one overall blue chip lineman had slid to 13. And they were going to make him a guard.
While it’s uncertain just how good Tunsil will be or how bad, one thing will always be certain, Tunsil at 13 was a no-brainer.
Throughout camp Tunsil has been working at the left guard position and at left tackle spelling Branden Albert. Albert has publicly said that he has taken Tunsil under his wing as he realizes that eventually Tunsil will take over.
The Dolphins offensive line has been a problem for many years but suddenly the prospect of becoming a force again seems possible. The drafting of Tunsil could be a franchise type of move. In a positive way.