UCLA linebacker Myles Jack fell, but you can blame an injury for that.
Notre Dame’s Jaylon Smith fell, but you can blame an injury for that one, too.
Shaq Lawson and LaQuon Treadwell fell, but you can blame draft grades and team fits for those.
The troubles of Laremy Tunsil, however, seemed self-inflicted on the first day of the NFL draft.
Tunsil, at one time projected as the No. 1 pick in the country, fell to 13th to Miami after a video appeared in which Tunsil smoked a bong in a gas mask. Tunsil later said that his account was hacked and that the incident happened “years ago.” He did not, however, deny that it was him in the video.
Later, Tunsil admitted that he had taken money from Ole Miss coaches.
It was the strangest story of the day in an NFL draft where teams hoped they got their quarterbacks (the Rams, the Eagles, the Broncos) and where the Dallas Cowboys took running back Ezekiel Elliott over highly rated defensive back Jalen Ramsey of FSU, who went to Jacksonville.
Other oddities of the draft: National champion Alabama was shut out on the first day of the draft. Ohio State’s Eli Apple is going to the Big Apple (the Giants).