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2012 Mock Draft Roundup 3.0
By on April 26, 2012 at 9:02 am

According to, well, basically everyone, this guy will be a Dolphin by the end of the night tonight.

After months of discussion and analysis, the day has arrived. The 2012 NFL Draft begins at 8 o’clock tonight at Radio City Music Hall in New York City and finally predictions will turn into second-guessing, which I suppose is a step in the right direction. Before that, though, one final round of predictions about what the Dolphins will do with the eighth overall pick in the Draft from around the web:

Mike Mayock, NFL Network: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

Everybody wants to talk about Tannehill at No. 8 to the Dolphins. He’s No. 19 on my big board, so on one hand I think you’re over-drafting when you take him that high. On the other hand, I recognize the potential and recognize the talent. He’s at least a year away from being a functional NFL quarterback.

Mel Kiper, Jr., ESPN: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

No surprises here. I’ve said before I think Tannehill has been a little overhyped by the draft process, but I agree with colleague Todd McShay that the upside is undeniable. This really is the best setting for Tannehill, too. We know Miami lacks a long-range plan at quarterback, and while Tannehill isn’t an immediate starter, you take him for the promise. Joe Philbin gets another young project to take on. He’s succeeded with young QBs before.

Rob Rang, Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

With only 19 career starts at the quarterback position, Tannehill is clearly a work in progress. Each of those starts, however, came under Mike Sherman, who after being let go as the Aggies’ head coach was hired by new Miami head coach Joe Philbin to run his offense. Tannehill possesses the physical traits to warrant a top ten selection and he’s no projection in this offense — it is the same one he’s played the past two seasons.

Michael Lombardi, NFL Network: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

No matter what they say before or after the pick, this is the player they wanted all offseason.

Scott Wright, Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

To say this offseason hasn’t gone as planned for the Dolphins would be an understatement. Miami was rebuffed by both Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn and was forced to settle on David Garrard, who wasn’t even in the league last year, as a stop-gap solution at quarterback. At this point it appears as though the Dolphins are putting all of their eggs in one basket and hoping that Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill is available at #8. Some may view this as a reach but there are many teams that view Tannehill as a legitimate first round talent and he is certainly a much better prospect than Christian Ponder, who went #12 overall last year. Tannehill only compiled 19 career starts for the Aggies but that lack of experience could also be viewed as a positive because if he is already this good just imagine where he could be in two or three years. Physically Tannehill has all the tools, including prototypical size, above average athleticism and enough arm strength to make all the throws, plus his intangibles such as maturity, intelligence, work ethic and leadership are outstanding. Also, don’t underestimate the fact Dolphins Offensive Coordinator Mike Sherman coached Tannehill in college. Miami could also use a pass rusher (North Carolina DE Quinton Coples), an offensive tackle (Riley Reiff of Iowa), a wide receiver (Michael Floyd of Notre Dame) and a safety (Mark Barron of Alabama) but it’s difficult to envision them passing on Tannehill and they may even explore trading up to ensure they get their guy.

Chris Nelson, Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

I’ve gone back and forth so many times on this pick, and I don’t think the Dolphins would do it simply to add a quarterback. But Tannehill is impressive and would have a smooth transition into the Dolphins’ offense, so I think they’ll end up taking him if he’s on the board here.

Evan Silva, Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

Picking Tannehill gives G.M. Jeff Ireland some job security.

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4 Responses to “2012 Mock Draft Roundup 3.0”

  1. fin fan in iowa says:

    I feel with a top 15 pick you pick some one who can START not be a project and play next year, with that said the fins should either take a ot with their pick or if they really what Tannhill then trade down and take a chance that he’d still be there and if he’s not take the best player then in round 3 take R. Wilson from WS he could START right away the fins would be set at QB for years

    • FinFanInSATX says:

      I’m with you FFIIA…don’t select Tannehill at #8! The only way I could see that pick would have been if the Fins had kept WR Brandon Marshall! The Fins don’t have the weapons (outside of Reggie Bush) that would help him steadily progress through the NFL learning curve right away. The Fins also need to address Safety since they also released Yeremiah Bell…another dumb move by Jeff Ireland! My entire draft will be heaven if after the draft Stephen Ross would have a news conference and tell the fans that our trouble has been relieved of his duties…Jeff Ireland!

    • Deof Movestofca says:

      If your argument was that Tannehill doesn’t have the tools to become a franchise QB, I could accept that. But suppose that the ‘Phins choose him and, after sitting a year, he becomes the long-term solution that Miami has wasted so many resources trying to find. Note that I am not advocating that they take a QB just to take a QB, but taking him only if they think he is the RIGHT QB to take. Furthermore, I think they should be held accountable if they take him and turns out to be a bust. But to finally get the long-term solution to what’s probably the hardest position to fill in the NFL would be more than worth it in my opinion, especially if we don’t have to mortgage the future like the ‘Skins did.

  2. FinFanInSATX says:

    I’m still holding out hope the Fins won’t select Tannehill at #8. The only player worth that much and would contribute right away would be DT Fletcher Cox of MS State, OT Matt Kalil of USC (should he fall), or WR Malcolm Floyd of ND. The Fins need players to come in and contribute right away, and taking care of the defense would be a great move to keep the Fins in ball games. I like Solaia, however, he cannot collapse a pocket like the G-Men can. Cox can be that disruption the Fins need to free Cameron Wake, Koa Misi, & Jared Odrick of double teams. Should Kalil fall, it will give the Fins one of the most dominant, young O-lines in the AFC. Floyd can be a 70+ catch receiver as a rookie! I’ve watched Ryan Tannehill with TX A&M here in San Antonio and he has potential, but he’s not #8 overall…at best he’s a 2nd round pick! Don’t overreach for a wish Jeff Ireland! Yes, the Fins need a franchise QB if they are serious in doing so, I propose two options. First, give up the first three rounds of this draft to NO and get QB Drew Brees–doable since all the mess in NO has occurred! Since I don’t see the Fins being this bold, trade a 6th rounder to Denver for QB Brady Quinn to learn the offensive for a year and become the face of the franchise for years! Let’s see what happens…

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