Ryan Tannehill: Best- and Worst-Case Scenarios for the Miami Dolphins QB

Josh Zerkle@JoshZerkleChief Writer IIIAugust 20, 2012

The Miami Dolphins' selection of Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill with the eighth overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft struck most of us as a bit of a reach at the time. But with Tannehill catching the eyes of the coaching staff with his accuracy and leadership, the criticism has been quieted significantly. 

Tannehill could be really good. The competition at quarterback in Dolphins camp right now suggests that even if their Week 1 starter isn't uber-talented, he certainly will be battle-tested. Miami already lost its first projected No. 1 to injury when David Garrard went down earlier this month. Only Tannehill and Matt Moore remain, and last year's starter won't be going away quietly. 

Tannehill could be awful. The Dolphins are really young at receiver, having traded Brandon Marshall to Chicago for a pair of third-round draft picks. Could Davone Bess or Brian Hartline step up at receiver to give their rookie a little help? At least Tannehill will have a reliable option at tight end in Anthony Fasano. 

It seems like this pendulum could swing either way.

NFL national lead writer Michael Schottey and I offer our takes on the career arc of Ryan Tannehill in our latest video debate. Enjoy our thoughts in the video above and leave your own comments below. That's how it works, people. Come on. Act like you've done this before.