NFL Draft: Will Ryan Tannehill Be Overvalued Like Christian Ponder, Jake Locker?

Chris CluffCorrespondent IIMarch 16, 2012

COLLEGE STATION, TX - OCTOBER 29: Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Texas A&M Aggies looks to pass during a game against the Missouri Tigers at Kyle Field on October 29, 2011 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
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With some teams already missing out on Peyton Manning and Robert Griffin III, and yet another figuring to not get Matt Flynn, the interest in Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill apparently is growing.

Plenty of draft observers, including Mel Kiper, have penciled in Tannehill at No. 12 to the Seahawks, but a couple of comments Thursday indicate there is enough interest that Tannehill is suddenly a consideration in the top 10.

Peter King tweeted: "Miami may not get OC Mike Sherman's college QB, Tannehill, staying at 8. How incredible that you might have to trade into top 4 to get him."

Jacksonville, which just signed Chad Henne, apparently thinks it is in a good spot to trade down with a team wanting Tannehill.

That this isn't the first time the Dolphins and Seahawks have engaged in a tug-of-war for a Green Bay backup QB:

"The Miami Dolphins were offering the 26th overall pick in the 2001 draft to Green Bay (for Matt Hasselbeck). A deal appeared near when Holmgren called his old friends in the Packers' front office. Seattle got the deal done, sending the 10th overall choice and a third-rounder to the Packers for Hasselbeck and the 17th pick."


Will history repeat? Or will the Dolphins pay the big bucks to get Flynn?

Sando also reminds us that the guy the Seahawks drafted with that 17th overall pick in 2001 was Steve Hutchinson.

Now, after a brief flirtation with the Hawks, Hutch is reunited with Hasselbeck in Tennessee, although perhaps not for long if Manning signs with the Titans.

After releasing Robert Gallery (we said he was a bad signing last year) and not getting Hutch, the Hawks are left with a hole at left guard. But they also just re-signed Paul McQuistan (who started 10 games last season, including three at left guard) and he could hold the LG spot until James Carpenter is healthy enough to battle him for it.

Speaking of left guards, Clare Farnsworth counted up the number of players who have started there since Hutch left in 2006. The number is 12. That's two per year on average.

"In between Gallery and Hutchinson, the starters at left guard have included Floyd Womack (eight starts in 2006, six starts in 2008); Chris Spencer (five starts in 2006); Rob Sims (three starts in 2006, 16 starts in 2007 and 14 starts in 2009); Mike Wahle (10 starts in 2008); Mansfield Wrotto (two starts in 2009); Mike Gibson (five starts in 2010); Ben Hamilton (six starts in 2010); Chester Pitts (four starts in 2010); Tyler Polumbus (one start in 2010); and Carpenter and McQuistan last season."

The Seahawks still have around $30 million to spend. That number accounts for Marshawn Lynch's $5.5 million cap hit and Red Bryant's $4 million cap hit from their new deals, and figures perhaps $3 million total for the re-signings of linebacker Heath Farwell and fullback Michael Robinson.

That is more than enough to pay Flynn, tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, defensive tackle Jason Jones, a couple of linebackers (Leroy Hill?) and a guard. After Flynn, Shiancoe and Jones finish their visits Friday and Saturday, the Hawks need to start looking around for the latter two positions.

If Flynn goes to Miami and Manning goes to Tennessee, this is what the Hawks should do at quarterback.