Size matters—or does it?
Tonight, Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III will be taken first and second overall in the 2012 NFL draft. I have no doubt they will be stars and perennial starters in the NFL. Ryan Tannehill, however, I'm not so sure about.
Measurables only get a quarterback so far in this league—intangibles, experience and intelligence is the true measurement of an NFL quarterback.
Too many times, we have seen teams pass up on quarterbacks because of their measurables. Tom Brady was a horrible athlete, but he's one hell of a quarterback. Isn't he?
Charlie Ward was too small and wasted away in the NBA. The Redskins and Buccaneers chose Heath Shuler and Trent Dilfer instead. Now, all we can do is wonder what could have been.
NFL scouts and analysts are like lemmings that just follow the trend. Nobody was sure about Tannehill until they had him measured and playing catch with receivers in shorts. Just forget that he repeatedly failed in the second half of the big game. Forget that he was moved to wide receiver for Jerrod Johnson, until he sucked it up so bad they had to bring in Tannehill.
I'm not saying Tannehill is a bust. He could be a good quarterback someday—especially under Joe Philbin in Miami. But there are four proven winners that are being overlooked by scouts for various reasons that have nothing to do with their performance.
Will they get their shot and be able to prove me right? It's tough to say. Only one of them appears to be a first-rounder, so there is little chance we will ever see these guys in action.
But with the mistakes the NFL has made in the past, their draft status means nothing to me.