Tannehill is one of the most polarizing prospects in this draft because while scouts are enamored with his obvious physical tools, his body of work as a starter at quarterback totals a season and a half.
Tannehill can make every NFL throw, but will he still be able to when his team is down by a score or when his team needs him to keep a lead in a game's final minutes?
It would be a huge mistake to press him into full-time duty early during his rookie year, and the best scenario might be for him to learn the game from the sidelines for a year or two.
How many teams can afford that luxury with a first-round pick? Probably less than 10, but in a quarterback-driven league, some team will gamble on his immense physical talent regardless if they can afford to.
Overall Grade: 6.6
How he fits with the Dolphins: Earlier this offseason I would have never guessed that Miami would go after Tannehill, especially with the eighth overall pick in this year's draft. I firmly believe that general manager Jeff Ireland must "turn this team's ship around" this year or he is out of a job.
I would argue and still will to an extent that Ireland can't afford to draft a player in the first round that won't contribute immediately.
Then, the Dolphins were either frozen out or bowed out of the free-agency sweepstakes that saw other teams acquire the likes of Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn.
The logical conclusion is that Miami is truly rebuilding, which I believe is what they should be doing as a below .500 team and one that hasn't won a playoff game in 12 seasons.
In this scenario, Tannehill is a fit with the Dolphins. In addition, I'm firm believer in drafting a quarterback until you know you have a franchise one, even if it takes spending a high pick every single year.
This is a passing league and offense wins championships. Critics will say, "look at the Giants and their pass-rushers." I'd answer with two words: "Eli Manning."
I still think the Dolphins turn elsewhere for immediate help and draft a quarterback later, but whereas I would have been shocked before, now I would only be slightly surprised if Miami turned to Tannehill as their future franchise quarterback.
Update: The Dolphins have selected Ryan Tannehill with the eighth overall pick in the 2011 draft.