Dolphins Snag Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill with 8th Overall Pick

The Dolphins have been looking for a long time for their next signal caller, and now they have him as they have picked Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill with the 8th overall pick in the NFL Draft.

The 6-foot-4, 221-pound Tannehill began his college career as a quarterback, but was moved to wide receiver, catching 112 passes for 1,596 yards and 10 touchdowns before moving back to quarterback on a full-time basis in 2010. Tannehill assumed the starting job midway through his junior season and passed for 5,450 yards with 42 touchdowns and 21 interceptions over his last 20 games in former Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman’s West Coast offense.

Primarily fueled by Miami’s hiring of Sherman for their offensive coordinator vacancy, the quarterback-needy Dolphins have been linked to Tannehill throughout the draft process. That chatter has only increased as the Dolphins swung from the heels and missed on free agent targets Peyton Manning, Matt Flynn and Alex Smith before adding David Garrard to compete with Matt Moore for the starting job.

That competition may still be on as Tannehill could sit a season before he’s ready to start at the NFL level.

Here’s a scouting report on Tannehill:


  • Good arm strength
  • Quick release
  • Accurate thrower
  • Good mechanics
  • Plus field vision
  • Extremely mobile with scrambling ability
  • Can pick up critical yards with his feet
  • Accuracy potential throwing downfield
  • Good fit for NFL offenses
  • Intelligent
  • Hard worker
  • Leader
  • Passionate for the game
  • Good teammate without an ego
  • Opens up mismatches for teammates with dual-threat nature
  • Quality wide receiver
  • Versatile athlete; could stay on the field in a wildcat at QB or WR
  • High-character individual

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