Ryan Tannehill, while he is widely believed to be the third best QB in the draft, could find that NFL teams are not as high on him as most mock drafts would have one think.
Look at any mock and you’ll see Tannehill going anywhere from #4 to the Browns to #8 with the Dolphins. There are even a couple of mocks that have him going to the Chiefs at #11 and the Seahawks at#12.
But often times mocks aren’t a reflection of the real NFL draft boards.
In a recent NFL.com article, one anonymous personnel man talked about Tannehill.
“The one that’s gonna shake things up is Tannehill,” one high-ranking AFC personnel chief said. “I don’t think a lot of teams think of him as a first-round pick. I can see a situation where he doesn’t go at all in the top 20. That’s really going to change things. You got a guy who started for a year and a half. He hasn’t really been, from a team perspective, a winning quarterback. He’s got good numbers, there’s a lot of things there (to like). But they lost a lot of games in the fourth quarter. Why is he not pulling things out? Why are they losing games?”
He then added:
“If Miami doesn’t grab him, and they got Mike Sherman there, the teams behind them are going to start questioning, what the hell are we doing taking him?” he said. “If his own coach won’t take him, why are we taking him?”
This wouldn’t be the first time a QB has fallen. Aaron Rodgers and Brady Quinn both slid out of the top ten and into the 20s. A couple of years ago, former Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen was being mocked in the top ten and he ended up falling out of the first round.
Despite all the buzz around the Dolphins, I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see Tannehill slide. If he does, the closer he gets to the back end of the first round the more crazy things might get. Teams could scramble to trade back into the first round should they feel like the price is acceptable.
Everything is on the table and we won’t get to know for sure until Thursday night. We’re about 48 hours away!