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Ryan Tannehill to Miami Dolphins: Pick Analysis, Grade and Scouting Report

COLLEGE STATION, TX - NOVEMBER 24:  Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Texas A&M Aggies leads his team on to the field prior to a game against the Texas Longhorns  at Kyle Field on November 24, 2011 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)
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Soven BerySenior Analyst INovember 6, 2016

With the eighth pick in the 2012 NFL draft the Miami Dolphins select quarterback Ryan Tannehill from Texas A&M. 

I wasn’t high on Tannehill but this pick makes so much sense. Simply put the Dolphins need a quarterback. 

The Fins entered 2012 desperate to land a franchise quarterback. They failed to move up and nab Heisman winner Robert Griffin III. 

The front office then failed to land one of the greatest quarterbacks in our generation in Peyton Manning

Record-breaker Matt Flynn bolted to Seattle, and Alex Smith would rather play in an organization that doesn’t have faith in him than play in Miami. 


They finally got their man in Tannehill. He needs work but could sit behind Matt Moore and David Garrard and learn before becoming a solid quarterback. 

It was a dream for the Aggie to walk across this stage and get drafted but he will need to work hard in South Beach. 

He is extremely athletic as he was a wide receiver before he made the switch to under center. He has good arm strength with a quick release and great accuracy. 

He will have to improve his anticipation and ball security but Tannehill could be the quarterback of the future for Miami. 

Grade: A-

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