Leading the Miami Dolphins to a 7-9 record in his rookie season, Ryan Tannehill showed enough promise under center in 2012 to provide this organization with the belief that his lofty draft status (eighth overall) was no mirage.
Though Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson stole the show last year, Tannehill can possibly join that group should Miami provide him with a fitting supporting cast.
Whether via free agency or the draft, the Dolphins must acquire players who will help make Tannehill’s job easier with the ultimate goal of consistently competing in the AFC. Retaining their own players is also vital to achieving this goal.
There is no question that Tannehill struggled at times last year, but all rookies do in the NFL. The key, however, is to learn from those mistakes and mitigate them moving forward. Consistent production from his teammates will only expedite the process.
Here are some players who could help Tannehill grow as an NFL quarterback in his second season and well into his career.