The vast majority of NFL mock draft project that the Miami Dolphins will select Ryan Tannehill of Texas A&M with #8 selection in the draft. Mel Kiper Jr. recently changed his mock draft which now has Tannehill going to the Dolphins at #8 as well, he was one of the last significant hold outs amongst NFL draft analysts. The commonly stated reasons for the dolphins selecting Tannehill at the #8 spot are his relationship with the dolphins new offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, the need of the Miami Dolphins organization to make up for the disappointing free agency period, the desire of the organization to appease the incensed Miami dolphins fans, and the general belief that if Christian Ponder can go that high then Ryan Tannehill could as well.
I am part of a small group of people who not only oppose this move but believe that it is unlikely. The following are my reasons.
First off, Tannehill is a second round prospect, pure and simple. Some people have tried to convince themselves he is one of the top 25 talents in this draft, but those people are not watching game tape. Moreover, everyone acknowledges that Tannehill would be a reach for the Dolphins at #8.
Second, a past relationship with a dolphins coach does not equate to the team overpaying or reaching fora player, just ask Matt Flynn. If, a guy that spent 4 years developing with Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin could not get more than a 4 million dollar a year contract from the phins then why would a kid that has a relationship with the offensive coordinator necessitate a reach? The answer is that he wouldn’t.
Third, Jeff Ireland in my opinion has been a good drafter for the Miami Dolphins, in large part because he has made good safe picks in the first round with low bust potential like Jake Long, Vontae Davis, Jared Odrick, and Mike Pouncey. It does not seem logical for him to all of a sudden change that philosophy just because the fans are upset.
Finally, Ryan Tannehill will not be able to beat out Matt Moore and/or David Garrard this year, and the only way he would make it on the field is if the dolphins struggled. As raw as Tannehill is, I am not convinced that he will be able to beat out either or those guys in his second year either. So what we would have is a #8 draft pick that cannot get on the field. To look at the other side of the coin, if the dolphins struggled in year one and Tannehill was called up to start and his performances were uninspiring causing phin fans to lose faith in Tannehill then calls for both Philbin and Ireland’s heads would begin to rain down, and I think they know this.
An alternative: Instead of reaching for Tannehill in the first, pick another player and see if he falls to the second round. I believe that this possibility is much more likely than most fans think. If he ends up getting picked then we draft someone else like Cousins, Weeden, Foles, or Osweiler. If the phins suck next year then we might be in prime position to draft a quarterback who is worthy of a first round top 10 selection like Matt Barkley, Laundry Jones, or Tyler Bray next year. If we don’t suck, then well we don’t suck. Ryan Tannehill at #8 is a short sided selection that I think that only hurts the team down the line and I am opposed to it and moreover I do not think the phins will do it.