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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Poll: Will Ryan Tannehill make the leap?

By James Walker

On Wednesday, Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill said in an interview with ESPN's Keyshawn Johnson that he knows he must have a big year in 2014.

Tannehill, a former No. 8 overall pick, is 15-17 in his first two seasons. It also doesn't help that other young quarterbacks in his draft class, such as Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, have already made the playoffs in their first two seasons. Wilson, of course, won the Super Bowl this past season with the Seattle Seahawks.

Rarely do NFL quarterbacks get four years to prove themselves. Year 3 could be make or break for Tannehill. Will he have a breakout season?

Tannehill has shown several strengths in his first two campaign. He can make most of the throws and has good mobility and toughness. Tannehill also has a strong work ethic, which will aid him as he learns a new offense. Will everything come together for Tannehill this season?

But Tannehill also has some well-defined weaknesses. He struggles to throw the deep ball and needs to make faster decisions. Tannehill must also show more natural leadership and the willingness to take over the team in 2014. Could this hold Tannehill back from being a franchise quarterback?

Using our SportsNation poll, vote on whether you think Tannehill will make the leap to prove he is the Dolphins' long-term solution at quarterback in 2014. You can also share your thoughts in the comment section below or send a message via Twitter @JamesWalkerNFL.