Thursday, March 29, 2012

Another Quarterback Delima in 2012 Draft: Some Answers Today?

Much has been written about the top pick in the 2012 draft--Indianapolis will have to choose between Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. But for those teams who do not have a top draft pick and need a quarterback there is Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill is a big gutsy athletic guy at 6'4" and several scouts say he has pro skills and talent. According to the scouts, Tannehill has a strong arm and can make all the NFL throws. He can move either right or left and make throws on the run. He has nice touch and he is fast enough to scramble in the big league. At A & M, he played his first two years at wide receiver because his coaches wanted to get him on the field. Thus he is a late developing quarterback that some scouts suggest is not at the same level of maturity as others who have more experience.

Another question mark with Tannehill is that while preparing for the Senior Bowl, he broke his fifth metatarsal --one of long bones in the foot that lead up to the little toe. Surgery in which a screw was inserted followed and he was not able to compete in the Senior Bowl, the Scouting Combine and other such activities that would provide an opportunity to show his stuff.

Tannehill first scouting workout is happening today, March 29--the first time scouts will see him since he led A & M in the Meineke Bowl on December 31st. Tannehill's pro day at Texas A&M has attracted 20 NFL teams.

The Dolphins who hold the number 8 draft pick will be looking over Ryan Tannehill today. Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman was Tannehill’s head coach at Texas A&M where he ran a pro-style attack. Sherman has given the young QB high marks.

Tannehill has been training with Director of IMG Madden Football Academy, Chris Weinke. See USA Today film on Weinke's work with Tannehill. After today, Tannehill's stock could move up or down--or remain a bit of question mark going into the draft.

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