With their first round draft pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins selected QB Ryan Tannehill out of Texas A&M.
Many scrutinized the Dolphins pick. Many thought that he wasn't worthy of a top 10 pick, and his skill set was not developed enough to be an starting Quarter Back in the NFL. But through mini camps, and his first couple of practices, the coaches saw something that they saw when they drafted him.
Many training camp practices and 2 Pre-Season games later, Tannehill received the news that he had beaten out veteran Matt Moore for the Starting Job. Little did the 'Fins know, they had made an absolutely tremendous decision.
Tannehill has kept up with his first round QB counterparts Robert Griffin and Andrew Luck. Although the other two are statistically superior, Tannehill has notched a 4-4 record; a record better than RGIII's and just under the Colts' 5-3.
His 5-6 TD:INT ratio doesn't show what this kid has been able to do. If you take out his debut against Houston, it would be an excellent 5-3 ratio, and 5 of 7 games have a QB Rating above 85.0. Now that is impressive!
The college phenom has faced his tough tests, already played the vaunted Jets and Texans defense, but he has fought through the adversity and beaten great teams. He doesn't win just at home, he has shown the ability to win on the road. The Dolphins have gone on to beat the Bengals and the Jets on the road.
The best game of his very short tenure came last week in Indianapolis against a great Colts team led by none other than Andrew Luck. Even though his Miami team did not come out on top, he put 290 yards through the air and completed 22 of his 37 passes. Tannehill did have a game where he threw for over 430 YARDS, but it came in a loss where he threw two costly interceptions.
Many will argue that Ryan will not be able to keep up with his rookie counter parts. While he does need to polish up on his decision making skills just a bit, this kid has a ROCKET for an arm. Critic Russ Lande said that he has the best arm in the Draft, and Dolphins center Mike Pouncey boldly said that Tannehill was better than both RGIII and Andrew Luck.
This coming week, the rookie will take on the Tennessee Titans at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. Jake Locker, another young gun is expected to start for the Titans. Personally, I believe that when it comes to skill, Tannehill has the better set. Locker's ride has been a roller coaster in the NFL and while he does have the ability to make plays outside of the pocket, his throwing ability isn't even close to Tannehills. The Dolphins have the clear advantage at the QB position and because of this, I expect Miami to take this game and come away with a 5-4 record.
Yes, it is very early to scrutinize a QB, as he has barely put his feet in the water. But from all the signs that Ryan Tannehill has shown in his young NFL career, the Dolphins could have their QB of the future.
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