7:58pm: Tunsil could end up falling quite a ways down the board, according to Jason Cole of Bleacher Report (Twitter link). A source tells Cole that Tunsil’s account was hacked, but Tunsil is not denying that it was him smoking in the video.
7:38pm: Minutes before the draft began, a video was posted on Laremy Tunsil‘s verified Twitter account that showed the Ole Miss tackle smoking from a bong. The post was quickly deleted (but can still be viewed on NFLDraftDiamonds.com), and Tunsil’s entire account has now been deactivated.
As Tom Pelissero of USA Today notes (Twitter link), it’s been an eventful few days for Tunsil, who was sued by his stepfather earlier in the week. None of the press is positive news, and Pelissero adds that NFL clubs are aware of the video and have viewed it. Said one general manager to Alex Marvez of FOX Sports (Twitter link): “It’s bad.”
Tunsil, of course, was once thought to be the favorite to be selected first overall. But once the Titans traded out of No. 1, Tunsil’s landing spot became less clear. The Chargers, thought to be a potential destination, just drafted Joey Bosa, but the Jaguars, Ravens, 49ers, Browns, and Giants are among the clubs in the top-1o who could be interested. It’s too early to say exactly how this video will affect Tunsil’s status, especially given the timing, but it’s a situation worth monitoring.
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