At this point, it’s safe to say that he probably won’t have to wait too long on Thursday to find out.
Because of his familiarity with Sherman and his offensive philosophy, Tannehill thinks he could benefit from continuing to work with his former college coach in Miami.
“It would definitely help ease the transition,” Tannehill said. “I’m sure there’ll be some changes in some terminology or some concepts that are slightly different. But as the base, as a foundation, it would help make the transition a lot easier.
To try to get some kind of sense of how a player will translate to the pro game, draftniks like playing the comparison game. Tannehill said he doesn’t pattern his game off of any player in particular, trying instead to incorporate little things he sees from several players.
“I try to be myself as a player, but I try to learn from the best,” Tannehill said. “I try to learn from the Rodgers’, the Bradys, the Brees’, all of the guys that are on top the game. If there’s any parts of their game that fits yours a little bit, you can learn from it and add it to your repertoire.”
It’s rare that a quarterback who switched positions during his college career–Tanehill played receiver for the Aggies for his first two and a half seasons–to be selected in the top ten. Frankly, it’s the reason he’s been such an intriguing–and polarizing–prospect during the pre-draft process. Even though he’s relatively inexperienced at quarterback, Tannehill feels that his time at receiver has helped him see the field differently.
“It helps relate you to receivers after the snap,” Tannehill said. “When the coverages are rolling, the routes changing, I feel like I know where they’re going to be at. I’ve been in their shoes, and I’ve ran those routes. ”
Because he’s a bit raw, many think that Tannehill will have to spend a year on the bench to develop. This used to be the norm for young NFL quarterbacks, but with rookie quarterbacks like Cam Newton and Andy Dalton shining immediately, patience to let a first-round quarterback sit for a while could be waning.
That has been the common knock on Tannehill. If he’s isn’t going to be able to contribute immediately, is he worth the investment? It’s something that quarterback-hungry teams, including the Dolphins, have been weighing. If it were up to Tannehill, though, he’d like a chance to prove right away that he’s the type of player who can turn around a franchise.
“I want to be on the field. I don’t want to sit on the sidelines,” Tannehill said. “But, at the end of the day, the organization has to make the call on that, whether I’m ready or not. I want to go in and compete from day one. Whether I’m the guy or not, that’s out of my hands.”
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