In one of the stranger twists in NFL Draft history came on Thursday night, when just minutes before the Rams were officially put on the clock, Laremy Tunsil’s official Twitter account sent out video of him smoking a bong while wearing a gas mask. Tunsil, who some thought would go as high as third to the San Diego Chargers, wound up falling all the way to No. 13, where he was selected by the Miami Dolphins.
Multiple teams that could have used an offensive tackle passed on Tunsil, maybe the most talented player in the entire draft, including the Baltimore Ravens (No. 6) who took Notre Dame tackle Ronnie Stanley, and the Tennessee Titans (No. 8) who selected Michigan State’s Jack Conklin. On Thursday, it was reported that the Ravens dropped Tunsil from their draft board as soon as the video dropped. Now, ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the team would have taken Tunsil at that spot if not for the leak.
Little cleanup from Thurs night: without video, Ravens would have taken Laremy Tunsil at No. 6; fell to Miami at 13. Lost money: $7 million.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 30, 2016
With how soon before the draft the video was released, it is understandable why a team picking that high would shy away from taking Tunsil. However, if he lives up to the hype and stays out of trouble, there’s a very good chance 10 teams are going to be kicking themselves in a few years.