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Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Keeping tabs on quarterback Ryan Tannehill

By Jamison Hensley

NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas caught up with Ryan Tannehill at IMG Football Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

Some of you might ask: Who is Tannehill? Well, he might be the next quarterback of the Cleveland Browns.

Tannehill, a 6-foot-4, 222-pound prospect out of Texas A&M, is expected to be on the Browns' radar with their second first-round pick (22nd overall) if they choose to pass on Robert Griffin III with their first one.

He has been rated as the third-best quarterback in this draft despite missing the Senior Bowl with a foot injury. He also plans to skip the on-field drills at the NFL combine. His first workout for NFL teams will come at his pro day in late March, when he is expected to be 100 percent healthy.

Tannehill is three weeks removed from surgery when he had a screw inserted into the foot. “It’s locked down and I shouldn’t have any problems going forward," Tannehill told the NFC South blog.

Tannehill appears to be a great fit for the Browns' West Coast offense because he is a traditional pocket passer. Drafting a quarterback late in the first round or early in the second would reduce the pressure of starting him right away.

If the Browns took Tannehill, the plan would probably be to sit him and let Colt McCoy start this season. Team president Mike Holmgren's track record with quarterbacks has been to sit them for a season before elevating them to a starting role.