You knew I’d get around to this sooner or later.
With my RGII4KC campaign all but finished and my “Panning for Manning” initiative donkey punched, I am not turning my attention to the last potential first round, franchise QB caliber player in the draft.
There seems to be a great deal of panic over Tannehill’s lack of QB experience. If you didn’t know, Tannehill played WR for a time in college before switching to QB. He still has some learning to do.
Still, most scouts seem to view Tannehill as a first round prospect, despite his lack of experience. He has all the physical tools to be an NFL QB and his athleticism adds another dimension to his game.
Sitting at #11, the Chiefs may have a chance to snag Tannnehill. If the Browns pass on him at four and the Dolphins at eight, he’ll likely be there when the Chiefs pick, unless another team trades up. If the Chiefs really want Tannehill, they could consider moving up from 11 to four by trading with Cleveland. They could also wait and feel out the Browns’ strategy. If Cleveland passes on Tannehill, KC could consider moving up to #7 to leap over the Dolphins.
As Romeo Crennel said yesterday, the Chiefs feel very good about where their team is entering the draft. They do not feel they need to draft for need and think they can take the best player available. This is still a team that needs depth but if they have a chance to grab a franchise QB, they have the flexibility to do it.
If the Chiefs were sold on Cassel as a Super Bowl caliber QB they never would have picked up the phone to call Peyton Manning. They also know that a player like Tannehill will likely need some seasoning before he is thrown into on to an NFL field. With a player like Cassel already on the roster, the Chiefs can offer Tannehill that time.
Before you vote in the poll below, read this illuminating article by Greg Cosell.
Thus, I pose to you this poll. Should the Chiefs go after Tannehill?