2012 NFL draft: 3 likely destinations for RyanTannehill
Former Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill is a wild card in going into the 2012 NFL Draft. A converted receiver, Tannehill possesses superb athleticism for a quarterback who has developed into a pocket passer. A cool customer under pressure, Tannehill has a sixth sense when it comes to approaching defenders and is more than capable of making big plays with his legs. With Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III going first and second in this year’s draft, Tannehill could come off the board as early as fourth but could slip to the second round if teams become nervous by his lack of quarterbacking experience. Here are three NFL teams that could take Ryan Tannehill in the first round.
Cleveland Browns: With the fourth pick in the draft the Browns will definitely have the opportunity to take Ryan Tannehill if they aren’t sold on current starting QB Colt McCoy. Tannehill’s ability to make plays with his legs could bring some energy to a Brown’s offense that ranked 28th overall on the ground last season. The problem with the Browns taking Tannehill would be that the team lacks pieces to go around him so the better move would be to draft Trent Richardson and put some talent around McCoy before giving up on him. The Browns also have the 22nd pick in the draft and if Tannehill slips and remains on the board at 22, look for Cleveland to reel him in.
Miami Dolphins: Miami seems to have the inside track on landing Tannehill. If the Browns pass on him he will be available for the Dolphins at No. 8. What makes this a good pick for the Dolphins is that Tannehill has the potential to become their first franchise quarterback since Dan Marino. The problem with the pick is that like the Browns, they don’t have a lot to put around him. Additionally, because he is raw, there’s a strong possibility that he will need to sit for a year before he is mentally ready to take on the challenges of reading and dissecting NFL defenses without a strong supporting cast. With that being the case, the better answer for the Dolphins could be to put some talent around Matt Moore. Moore threw for almost 2,500 yards in 13 games in 2011 and a pick like WR Michael Floyd, out of Notre Dame, could add a boost to an offense that lost Brandon Marshall via trade.
Kansas City Chiefs: If Tannehill begins to slip the Kansas City Chiefs could jump all over him at No. 11. Matt Cassel is coming off of an injury but hasn’t really panned out as an NFL starter. The team added Brady Quinn via free agency this offseason but after five years in the league his role as an NFL quarterback seems to be that of a backup at best. Of all the teams who might take Tannehill the Chiefs are the best off offensively. With WR Dwayne Bowe, the addition of Peyton Hillis, and the return of RB Jamaal Charles, the Chiefs could be a quarterback away from making a run at an AFC West title. Unlike the Dolphins and the Browns, Tannehill could start as a rookie here because there would be enough talent around him to take some of the pressure off.
It will be interesting to see how the Ryan Tannehill saga plays itself out come draft day.
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