After only 19 starts under center at Texas A&M, the Miami dolphins, who had high hopes for the # 8 overall pick in the 2012 draft, have decided to slide him into the third QB slot behind David Garrard and Matt Moore.
During OTA’s the young QB looked like he was playing in slow motion. While it is known that Tannehill has a very accurate arm and can get the ball deep downfield, his lack of perception at the line is his biggest flaw. The speed of the NFL game, it seems, was something he was not prepared for.
Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland stated early on that he expected Tannehill to starter in the NFL “at some point.”
“I didn’t take him as the eighth pick in the draft to be a backup quarterback,” Ireleand said after the draft. “I picked him to be a starting quarterback in this league at some point, to have an impact on this football team, to help us win games and championships. That’s the expectation that I have going down the line.”
Three to four years on the bench is most likely now since it seems Tannehill has the skill set but not the vision. That amount of time on the bench should be more than enough for him to absorb the fin’s offense and the speed of the NFL game.
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross assessed the situation (getting a franchise QB) best.
“You have your chances and your odds of getting a franchise quarterback and a real starting quarterback in the first round. Historically, you see those who become that mostly come out the first round. That tells you an awful lot. I’ve always said once we can identify a franchise quarterback, let’s go get him. And I think that’s what we found.”
Do you think that Ryan Tannehill was a good choice as the #8 overall draft pick or should the Dolphins have selected someone else?
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