One player dominated the buzz of the first round of the NFL Draft, and it wasn’t overall top pick Jared Goff, the quarterback from California headed to the Los Angeles Rams.
Mississippi tackle Laremy Tunsil became the talk of the draft moments before it started when a video surfaced of him smoking out of a gas-mask bong. The video appeared on Tunsil’s hacked Twitter account.
Tunsil, who was projected as a top five pick, was selected No. 13 by the Miami Dolphins.
“Somebody hacked my account. I was preparing for the worst,” Tunsil said in a post-selection news conference at the NFL Draft in Chicago. “I made mistakes.”
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That wasn’t the only controversy of the evening involving Tunsil. After he was drafted, it appeared Tunsil’s Instagram account was hacked, and alleged conversations between him and Mississippi coaches were posted on Twitter. One of the conversations involved asking the school for money to pay bills for his mother.
At the news conference, Tunsil denied an exchange of money between him and Mississippi coaches. He was asked again and then said it happened.
Tunsil sat out the first seven games last season after the NCAA ruled that he had received improper benefits, including the use of three loaner cars.
At the scouting combine in February, Tunsil’s former Mississippi teammate, Robert Nkemdiche, told reporters that Tunsil was in a hotel room with him in December on the night he was injured falling off a hotel balcony in Atlanta.