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Miami Dolphins
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  The Miami Dolphins selected Mississippi tackle Laremy Tunsil with the No. 13 pick in the draft on Thursday despite a shocking video that surfaced just before the ceremony began. It showed Tunsil apparently smoking marijuana.

That video was on his Twitter account.

And then there were screenshots on his Instagram account allegedly showing Tunsil asking an Ole Miss coach for money to pay his rent and his mother's water and electric bills.

Tunsil, projected for weeks to be the No. 1 pick, fell largely because of that Twitter video.

Still, the Dolphins were happy to scoop up the sliding Tunsil, who they said they had at No. 2 on their draft board.

"We had heard rumors," Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said of Tunsil's video, "but we had done work. We had known about it. The video is two years old. So, from all the information we had, we were comfortable with it."

The Tunsil pick might remind some Dolphins fans of defensive end Dion Jordan, the No. 3 pick of the 2013 draft. He missed the 2015 season after violating the NFL substance abuse policy for the second time.

Grier said the Dolphins did their homework on Tunsil.

"We've done a lot of work," Grier said. "(director of team security) Stu Weinstein, as you guys know, is one of the best security guys in the league, security directors. (We have) done a great job of researching (Laremy Tunsil's) background. We spent time with him at the Combine.

"Our area scout, Matt Winston, has done a great job in terms of researching him, spending some time with him at the Pro Day. This is a guy ... He has done personality tests, all the stuff we do. This is a guy ... He loves football at the end of the day. This is a guy who's ultra-competitive (when) you watch him play. This is a different situation from that. This guy's different. He's built different."

Tunsil said the video won't be a problem going forward.

"I do not have a drug problem," he said. "You can check all of my college tests, I never failed one."

Tunsil also said he's not sure who hacked his social media accounts.

"Man, like I said, I don't know what's going on, man," Tunsil said. "I don't know why they hacked my account. I haven't done nothing to nobody. Man, I'm harmless."

Tunsil said people would be wrong to question his character.

"Man, don't question my character, man," he said. "You can't judge a book by its cover, man. I'm a good person, I'm a laid-back guy, man. I don't do much man."

The Dolphins now have three good tackles - left tackle Branden Albert, right tackle Ja'Wuan James and Tunsil. It's not clear how that will sort itself out but right now it appears one of the three will move to guard. There, they'll compete with Dallas Thomas, Billy Turner, Jamil Douglas, and Kraig Urbik, among others.

But the Dolphins still have holes at cornerback and running back and questions at linebacker. However, considering the top running back, Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott, was gone, and the top three cornerbacks Florida State's Jalen Ramsey, Ohio State's Eli Apple and Florida's Vernon Hargreaves were all gone by the time Miami selected, Tunsil seemed to make sense.

"He was No. 2 ranked on our board," Grier said. "We did not expect him to be there."


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