After all of the drama, the Miami Dolphins’ 2016 first-round pick has been named a starter.
The Miami Herald‘s Adam Beasley is reporting that Laremy Tunsil will start at one guard, while the other starter ay guard will be Jermon Bushrod.
That settles that: Tunsil and Bushrod are the Dolphins' starting guards on their first official depth chart.
— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) September 5, 2016
Tunsil’s talent has never been in question. He was recruited by every major college before picking Mississippi and was considered a consensus top-five pick before the draft. But his decision-making of the field gave teams pause, and he eventually slipped Miami at No. 13.
Minutes before the draft began his Twitter account sent out a video of Tunsil smoking out of a gas mask. Other issues included an ongoing investigation about impermissible benefits while attending Ole Miss, and a fight last summer with his estranged step-father, who talked to Sports Illustrated‘s Pete Thamel about the benefits accusations.
None of these issues seem to infer that Tunsil is not capable of handling a career in the NFL, but there is a “where there’s smoke, there’s fire” element to his story.