Browns questioned Tannehill's leadership

June, 6, 2012
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The 2012 NFL draft has been in the books for more than a month, and some interesting information is beginning to come out on why teams passed on certain players.

Remember when the Cleveland Browns were the biggest threat to take quarterback Ryan Tannehill from the Miami Dolphins? Well, longtime Browns writer Tony Grossi reports that Tannehill wasn't a strong consideration for the team. The Browns simply had too many questions about the former Texas A&M quarterback.

"Ryan Tannehill had the size and the arm, but his maturity as a quarterback and field leader were so lacking that he turned [the Browns] off in personal interviews," Grossi reported. "He didn't project as a leader."

Keep in mind this is reportedly one team's evaluation of Tannehill. Cleveland, which held the No. 4 pick and traded up to No. 3 to draft tailback Trent Richardson, didn't feel Tannehill was ready for the NFL. The Browns also drafted 28-year-old Brandon Weeden later in the first round, who is considered more NFL ready.

The "maturity" portion of Cleveland's evaluation of Tannehill is no surprise. That is the general consensus around the league because Tannehill only had 19 starts at quarterback in college. In fact, Miami expects to sit Tanneill for most, if not all, of the 2012 season to get him up to speed.

However, the "leadership" aspect might be a cause for concern. Every top-end, franchise quarterback at the NFL level should have good leadership qualities, and that is something you cannot teach. You either have it or you don't.

So what was it about Tannehill that turned Cleveland off and told the Browns he didn't "project as a leader" in interviews? Did the Dolphins miss something in their evaluation? Miami is 100 percent behind Tannehill as its quarterback of the future and doesn't have concerns about lack of leadership.

In the years to come, we will find out whether Miami or Cleveland was right about Tannehill and his leadership abilities.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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