College star Laremy Tunsil was picked 13th in the NFL Draft on Thursday, after a video appeared on his Twitter account showing him smoking marijuana while wearing a gas mask.
The drama surrounding Tunsil almost totally overshadowed the opening day of the draft, which sees the NFL pick the best emerging college players.
The offensive tackle from University of Mississippi was ranked by many as the best player in the draft and was widely expected to be picked first.
But all that changed when the picture appeared of Tunsil smoking marijuana out of some kind of gas mask contraption.
The picture was quickly deleted, followed shortly after by Tunsil’s entire Twitter account, but the damage had been done.
Tunsil was eventually picked 13th by the Miami Dolphins – way later than initially expected.
The 21-year-old admitted to being the person in the video, but said it happened several years ago and was posted by someone who hacked his Twitter account and tried to discredit him.
“I made a mistake, a huge mistake,” he said.
He insisted he does not have a drug problem.
“You can check all my college tests. I never failed one.”
Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said the team were “very comfortable” with picking Tunsil, having completed background checks.