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Topic: Ryan Tannehill: Top 10 Pick in April's Draft?
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 04/16/12 12:28
While the hype machine has revved into hyper-drive for Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill in the upcoming NFL draft, I always question it when a player that was considered a borderline first round talent at the end of the college season shoots up so high after it.
It wasn't that long ago that debates were raging about whether Tannehill or Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden should be the 3rd QB drafted. And even then, it was a question of whether either would be drafted in the first round at all. After last year's surprising amount of quarterbacks drafted early in the first round, I have to wonder if we're going to see the same thing this season: more QB's drafted earlier than expected (and before they should be) just because of the luster of the position?
There's no doubt that Tannehill, a former wide receiver, has exceptional athletic skills. But with only one full year as a starting QB, he has much growing to do before he's ready for the NFL game. His numbers last season are much more comparable to Arizona State's Brock Osweiler than they are to Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III (the expected first two picks in the upcoming draft). Osweiler is being mentioned as a second or third round pick.
For the longest time it seemed like Tannehill was being considered in the second tier of quarterback prospects this draft, but now he's being mentioned much more often with Luck and Griffin than with Weeden, Osweiler, and Michigan State's Kirk Cousins. And while he is athletically superior to each of them, he is a lot closer to them in terms of being an NFL prospect than he is a legitimate top 10 pick in the draft.
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 Thomas _5045
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Post Date: 04/23/12 10:36
I know he's not going to get past Miami at 8, but I would like to see him slip to my Chiefs. We know that Cassel isn't the answer and I'd be willing to take the risk with Tannehill based on upside. Besides, he'd get a chance to sit the first year and learn so the Chiefs could jettison Cassel next year and take less cap hit.
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