Monday, April 2, 2012
Mailbag: Getting closer on Ryan Tannehill
By Kevin Seifert
We've mentioned on a few occasions that the only NFC North quarterback intrigue in this draft will come in whether the stock of Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill rises enough to put the Minnesota Vikings' No. 3 overall pick back into play as a trade commodity.
Phil of Circle Pines, Minn., wants to know if we've reached the point where the Miami Dolphins at No. 8 would seriously consider a swap with the Vikings to ensure they could draft Tannehill ahead of the Cleveland Browns at No. 4. Or would the Browns swap with the Vikings as a defensive move against the Dolphins? I don't think we're there yet, but we're getting closer and more discussions like the one ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay engaged in after Tannehill's recent pro pay is what could push him to that level.
McShay said that Tannehill has a "special skill set" and said he charted 64 drops from Tannehill's receivers last season. Both men agreed he is a top-10 pick and acknowledged that some teams have no choice but to overpay when it comes to quarterbacks in the draft.
I'm not saying that the Dolphins and/or Browns will feel pressure from media analysis. But I do think the media analysis is a reflection of the best guess on what teams are thinking right now. Check out the video.