Injured Ryan Tannehill still impressing

INDIANAPOLIS — While the focus is on Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III during the NFL combine, another quarterback who is expected to be taken in the first round of the draft must wait his turn.

Still, expect the spotlight to shine on Ryan Tannehill soon enough. The big, strong Texas A&M quarterback has impressed NFL teams with his intelligence and leadership skills. Tannehill will have to wait until later next month to show scouts his field abilities.

Tannehill suffered a foot injury in January. The injury is not expected to create long-term issues for Tannehill and he will likely be drafted in the second half of the first round. ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay had Tannehill pegged to go to Denver at No. 25 in his latest mock draft.

I’d be surprised if Denver took a quarterback in the first round, but there’s no doubt Tannehill has the skill set and demeanor that would attract top Broncos decision maker John Elway.

Tannehill made it clear he has big NFL plans.

“I’m excited to go in to a team, compete and I want to be a starter,” Tannehill said. “It’s a goal of mine. I don’t just want to go make a team. I want to go play. I want to make an impact and lead a team to a Super Bowl.”