Dolphins VP of Football Operations Mike Tannenbaum not concerned with rumors surrounding Laremy Tunsil's ankle
It was recently reported by Jason Cole of the Bleacher Report that one of the bigger reasons Laremy Tunsil dropped in the draft was because he had a "pre-arthritic" ankle that was possibly in a worse condition than the knee of Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack.
Well it's clear that Dolphins Vice President of Football Operations Mike Tannenbaum is unconcerned with these allegations, as he refuted the report and again expressed his excitement over drafting the Ole Miss standout.
"I don't know where that came from," Tannenbaum said prior to the Fins Weekend golf tournament at Crandon Golf on Key Biscayne. "But we're really happy with him."
The reasoning behind these reports coming out now seems odd, as teams had the opportunity to examine Tunsil several times prior to the draft, and other players who had severe injury concerns such as Myles Jack or Jaylon Smith had their issues exposed well before the time came.
No such concerns were vocalized regarding Tunsil before the draft took place, and Tannenbaum isn't going to start worrying about it now.
"We have no concerns about that," he said. "We're excited that Laremy is a Dolphin, we were excited on draft night and every day we get even more excited about his future. He's been tremendous, a good teammate, a lot of energy."
Everywhere you turn, there have been nothing but good things to say about Tunsil since he's donned the Dolphins uniform. Offensive lineman Jacques McClendon cited the rookie's open minded approach and willingness to be whatever the team needs him to be. Offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen was 'ecstatic' over the team drafting him and almost couldn't believe he was theirs.
And one of the biggest leaders on the offensive line and even the team, Mike Pouncey, had nothing but good things to say about the Dolphins latest first round draft pick.
"We've seen him, he's worked out with us, went out and did some drills." Pouncey said. "He's a very strong guy in the weight room, bends really well on the football field, we're excited about him."
It seems strange that the report came out the way it did. Is it possible that Cole was being told these things so other teams would have a better excuse for why they decided not to draft him? Reputation means a lot in the NFL, and missing out on a potentially elite player because of an unnerving video that was all too conveniently released ten minutes before the draft isn't a good look.
Regardless of the who and the why, it's clear that no one in the Dolphins organization is even flinching at this report about "pre-arthritic" ankles, and all they're looking at now is Tunsil's post-draft future, which with any luck, will be a bright one with the Miami Dolphins.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @FLSportDebater
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