The Dolphins are among the league’s fastest in signing their draft picks, and were so again Friday by locking down first-round tackle Laremy Tunsil.
That’s the easy part.
Getting the country to move past his gas-mask bong video? That will take a bit more time.
Tunsil and his fellow new Dolphins showed up Friday for the beginning of rookie minicamp. They did no practicing but instead got both classroom work and life skills in how to deal with a being pro.
For Tunsil, who will meet with reporters Saturday, being a pro means dealing with his draft-night controversies.
“I think he’s done a good job,” Dolphins coach Adam Gase said. “I know it’s been, what, eight days? He looked excited when he got here.”
Gase said he hasn’t talked extensively with Tunsil about the drug use and possible NCAA violations a hacker posted to his social media accounts but said “we’ve had a couple of good talks.”
Tunsil’s four-year contract is believed to be in the neighborhood of $12.5 million, with a $7.3 million signing bonus.
The biggest reason Jakeem Grant’s mad that he didn’t attend the NFL Scouting Combine?
He couldn’t go after Chris Johnson’s record in the 40-yard dash (4.24 seconds).
“I wanted to break Chris Johnson’s record because he’s one of my favorite players,” said Grant, the sixth-round kick returner. “And that 4.24, I told my mom, ‘I’m going to break that record.’ And letting my mom down, I felt like I let her down because I didn’t get invited. I wanted to break that record as bad as I want to be a good football player.”
Grant’s speed (he ran a 10.3-second 100-meter dash in high school) better make up for his size. He’s only 5-6.
THIS AND THAT
▪ The Dolphins announced the signing of 12 undrafted college free agents Friday: linebacker Akil Blount; linebacker James Burgess; center/guard Ruben Carter; long snapper Ryan DiSalvo; linebacker Tyler Gray; safety A.J. Hendy; tight end Gabe Hughes; defensive end Farrington Huguenin; kicker Marshall Koehn; cornerback Lafayette Pitts; and wide receivers Rashawn Scott and Brandon Shippen.
▪ Former North Broward Prep quarterback Brandon Doughty didn’t need to stay in the team hotel this weekend. Team headquarters is only four minutes east of his home. Of course, that was at 5 in the morning.
▪ Gase anticipated the Dolphins taking more defensive players in the draft than just two, but praised general manager Chris Grier for sticking to his board.
▪ At least one rookie called Gase an “offensive genius,” which their new coach didn’t seem to like. “They’ve been around me for five minutes,” Gase responded.