School: Texas A&M
Measurements: 6′ 3 7/8″ 221 lbs.
Projection: Top 15 Overall
In One Word: Cerebral
Fantasy Value: Draft n’ Stash
Resembles: Alex Smith
Mock Predictions: Dolphins (8th)
Ryan Tannehill‘s NFL stock is on the rise and he’s now solidly projected to be a top ten pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Along with having the prototype size/frame to be an NFL QB (nearly 6’ 4″ and 221 lbs with a frame that could still add bulk), solid accuracy and arm, and excellent athleticism (Tannehill was a wide receiver the first half of his college career).
Perhaps the biggest benefactor in Tannehill’s rise up the mock-draft database is the NFL’s new rookie wage-scale. As we saw last year with the surprising selections of Jake Locker and Christian Ponder, clubs will not be a afraid to take a first round chance on a potential quarterback of the future. With the wage-scale, the penalty isn’t nearly as severe or expensive if a team swings and misses on a prospective signal-caller.
Of course, for any college QB to be considered for the first round in the NFL, he has to have a solid pedigree and Tannheill is no exception to that rule. As a former wide receiver, he has excellent athleticism and speed (4.6040 yard dash at A&M’s pro-day). It’s almost unheard of, but while an Aggie, Tannehill was both the team’s leading pass-catcher and passer during his career.
While his stint as an NCAA quarterback was brief, it was productive. In his first start, he set a school-record with 449 passing yards. Along with excellent accuracy and timing, Tannehill was a respected leader in the huddle who showed solid decision-making skills and physical toughness.
Although his versatility is a huge asset to his professional stock, Tannehill is relatively inexperienced as an NCAA quarterback….he played 30 games as a wide-out before finishing his collegiate career with a season and a half under-center. Like nearly all incoming rookies, he’ll still need some time to develop his down-field awareness, read-progression and mechanics.
As stated, Tannehill has all the measurements and statistics to be a solid QB at the next level…if a team is willing to draft him with the expectations that he be given a year or two to develop. If put in a good position, where he can learn and grow, Ryan Tannehill could make a solid and winning NFL signal-caller.
His current value places him solidly in the top half of round one and we think many of the QB-needy teams will snag him. Should he get past the Browns (at 4) and Dolphins (8th), he could wind up in Kansas City (11), Seattle (12), or if he slips to 15, Andy Reid has shown some interest in a developmental passer to succeed Michael Vick.
The move to the Dolphins at eight might make the most sense. Not only has Miami failed to land a franchise quarterback since Dan Marino retired 13 long seasons ago, the Phins new offensive coordinator is none other than Mike Sherman, Tannehill’s head coach throughout his career in College Station. Sherman has seen first hand what Tannehill can do, and the transition would be a smooth one for both.
Senior Writer Gridiron Experts. 2012 FantasyPros Most Accurate Fantasy Expert. Member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. 26-year fantasy football veteran. Featured on NFL.com, Fantasypros, Football Diehards annual magazine, local AM sports radio, podcasts everywhere and SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio. Once scored 4 touchdowns in a single game for Polk High School.