Round 1 – 8th pick: Ryan Tannehill, QB Texas A&M
Height: 6’4 Weight: 221 lbs
– Elite physical attributes
– Great arm strength and athletic ability
– Physically tough and intensely competitive.
– Highly focused and determined.
– Lacking experience
– Needs time to develop
As Tony Sparano’s Dolphins career will forever be linked to lack of development shown by Chad Henne, so Coach Philbin is now inextricably linked to Ryan Tannehill. If he realises his potential then Miami has at last found it’s franchise quarterback, a pro-bowler with the competitiveness, intelligence and physical attributes to be a top 10 QB. The jury will remain out on Tannehill until he transitions into starting as QB and with Matt Moore and Dave Garrard on board, there is no need to rush the young man out of Texas.
I admire Jeff Ireland’s refusal (throughout the draft) to get caught up in the hype or panic of possibly not getting Tannehill and trading up with the Vikings or Rams. This left the Dolphins in a strong position to go get impact players once they had selected RTT.