Offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, the Miami Dolphins’ first-round pick in last week’s NFL draft out of Mississippi, won’t start his career in the NFL’s substance abuse program, according to an ESPN report, but he will be monitored closely.
Tunsil, rated as the best player in the draft regardless of position by some, fell to the Dolphins at No. 13 largely because a video that surfaced on draft night that showed him smoking from a bong.
The Dolphins said they vetted Tunsil for months and weren’t scared off by the video or his subsequent admission he requested and received cash from an Ole Miss football official to pay his mother’s bills.
Dolphins owner Steve Ross said Saturday he was in favor of drafting Tunsil, who he called a “good kid.”
“I think a lot of work was done for months and months,” Ross said. “Two hours before the draft [the video is released], it’s totally someone out to get the guy. It’s not a question of this guy changed overnight.
“And the work we’ve done on him, the people we talked to, and even subsequently we continued that, and meeting the kid you know this [is]a good kid. It’s going to be a great choice.”
New approach to rookie minicamp
The Dolphins won’t have a traditional rookie minicamp Friday and Saturday under coach Adam Gase in the sense players will get classroom teaching and meetings with nutritionists and the sports science department as opposed to on-field instruction.
The Dolphins are being sensitive to the fatigue by incoming rookies since the end of the college season. Many go from the Senior Bowl workouts to camps that prepare them specifically for the NFL scouting combine, then to the combine, then into private workouts and visits to NFL teams.
Rookies often mention how worn out they are during rookie minicamp, so the Dolphins have decided to alleviate that workload. It’s believed the rookies will barely take the field during the sessions.