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Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil plummets after video surfaces

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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).

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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