Miami Dolphins Rookie Grade: Laremy Tunsil

How did rookie Laremy Tunsil perform in his first year for the Miami Dolphins?

It seems like more than just months ago that someone leaked a video of Mississippi Rebels LT Laremy Tunsil with a gas mask on his face just minuted before the opening of the 2016 NFL Draft. 

Since that time, the Miami Dolphins rookie has matured, moved on admirably from the incident, and become a staple piece of the team's offensive line. It is only a matter of time until Tunsil goes back to his natural position of LT, a move we could see as early as 2017. 

It is tough to give Tunsil a rookie grade given that he was playing out of position, but the few games we did see him play LT (against the Cincinnati Bengals and Tennessee Titans, he looked like exactly what the Dolphins were hoping he'd be when they took a chance on him and drafted him 13th overall. 

Tunsil missed two games in 2016 with a shoulder injury, and proved his toughness by playing through the injury in other games. 

According to Pro Football Focus, Tunsil allowed just one sack all season when he filled in for Branden Albert at LT, and gave up five QB hits otherwise. 

This is a very solid performance for a rookie learning and starting at a new position, and it proves Tunsil's versatility and worth to this Dolphins team.

Considering his performance at an unnatural position, I give him an overall grade of B+ on the year. 

Look for Tunsil to improve at whatever position he plays in year 2, be it Guard or Left Tackle. If he gets the nod at LT, Tunsil will blossom into the franchise corner piece the Dolphins intended him to be. 


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