Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill worked out for NFL personnel in College Station on Thursday. Tannehill solidified his place as one of the top three quarterbacks in the draft and a likely first round draft pick.
Tannehill was injured before the Senior Bowl and was unable to participate in the Senior Bowl workouts and the NFL Combine. His Pro Day performance was the first opportunity for him to perform in front of scouts since he led the Aggies to a victory in the Texas Bowl.
According to the scouts and media in attendance, Tannehill had a great workout. He showed the scouts that he could make all the throws and showed off his athleticism. He only ran the 40-yard dash once and turned in a time 4.58 seconds which is outstanding for a quarterback.
The Aggie QB is the only player in college football history to pass for 4,000 yards and catch passes for 1,500 yards. He is also the only athlete who has ever had a 400-yard passing game and a 200-yard receiving game.
At a time when the NFL is starting to accept that mobile quarterbacks like Michael Vick can be successful at a high level, Tannehill offers the athleticism of a mobile quarterback along with a more polished passing game coming out of college.
If Tannehill is drafted in the first round, it will be the highest a quarterback from A&M has ever been drafted. Stephen McGee was the most recent Aggie quarterback drafted when he was selected in the fourth round of the 2009 draft.
Jerrod Johnson replaced McGee when he was injured during the 2008 season, and displayed pro tools. Despite setting multiple school records during his time as a starter, Johnson was unable to recover from a shoulder injury he suffered during his junior year and was not drafted during the 2011 NFL Draft. He was recently added to the Pittsburgh Steelers roster.
According to pro scouts, Tannehill projects as the best of the group of recent Aggie quarterbacks.
Some believe that Tannehill could be drafted as high as No. 4 overall by the Cleveland Browns. Others think that the Miami Dolphins might take a chance on Tannehill with the No. 8 pick. Both the Dolphins and Browns had personnel present at Tannehill's pro day workout.
Tannehill is a very bright quarterback who graduated A&M early with plans of becoming a doctor. He attended graduate school during the 2011 season.
With only 19 starts under his belt, the big knock against Tannehill is his lack of experience. He also struggled at times with decision-making as a senior, and tried to force the ball into windows that were too small.
On the plus side, his intelligence and experience at wide receiver and quarterback over the last four years in Mike Sherman's NFL offense can only help him.
Expect Tannehill to be the third quarterback selected in the 2012 NFL Draft, and do not be surprised if he becomes a better quarterback in the NFL than he was in college.
As long as he is selected by a team that will allow him some time to adjust to the NFL, he should have a long and successful NFL career.