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08:04 AM ET 04.27 | Like it or not, Ryan Tannehill will often hear the name Dan Marino, which may not bode well for the Miami draft pick. Every draft is its own special animal, which explains why [Marino] could be the 27th player selected in 1983 and [Tannehill], who had trouble convincing his college coach that quarterback was his calling, could go at No. 8 on Thursday night. In my view, however, this would have been a reach in any draft year. Of all the players taken in the first round on Thursday, this long, tall Texan might be the least ready to start a game in the NFL. To use the fourth-highest draft pick in franchise history on a passer this raw is a tremendous risk.

The Palm Beach Post

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April 27, 2012  08:12 AM ET

Yep, and Andrew Luck will often hear the name Peyton Manning, and RGIII will often hear the name....Rex Grossman.

April 27, 2012  08:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Yep, and Andrew Luck will often hear the name Peyton Manning, and RGIII will often hear the name....Rex Grossman.

But Luck and RGIII will most likely succeed. Tannehill could be Ryan Leaf.

April 27, 2012  08:29 AM ET

How does a QB who was the third or fourth best in his conference in college get such attention? If he did not have to read defenses in college he will really stunned at what they throw at him in the NFL.

April 27, 2012  08:32 AM ET

After this draft is over you can start saying - Miami is now on the clock.

April 27, 2012  08:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

But Luck and RGIII will most likely succeed. Tannehill could be Ryan Leaf.

I can't wait for the inevitable comparisons to Christian Ponder.

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April 27, 2012  08:39 AM ET

the Browns taking Weeden in the first was worse...

April 27, 2012  08:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

But Luck and RGIII will most likely succeed. Tannehill could be Ryan Leaf.

Or JaMarcus Russell, or Matt Leinhart, or Eric Carr, the list of disappointments is long.

April 27, 2012  08:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

But Luck and RGIII will most likely succeed. Tannehill could be Ryan Leaf.

Don't know about Leaf... dude is an idiot and has a couple of new warrants out for his arrest.



Now, Heath Shuler...

April 27, 2012  09:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

How does a QB who was the third or fourth best in his conference in college get such attention? If he did not have to read defenses in college he will really stunned at what they throw at him in the NFL.

Prob closer to 5-6 best. Was miserable against the top teams he played.
: Ryan Tannehill vs. the four best Ds in Big 12 in 2011: 9 TDs, 10 INTs. A&M lost all four games to OU, UT, Mizz, OkSt.

April 27, 2012  09:06 AM ET

Looking at the selection from Tannehill's perspective is even more discouraging.

April 27, 2012  09:07 AM ET

There is a delusional practice among NFL owners and GMs called 'drafting on potential', otherwise known as 'upside'. But reality and 'downside' are willfully ignored. This seems like a good example.

April 27, 2012  09:10 AM ET

Desperate teams take desperate measures on draft day.

April 27, 2012  09:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Desperate teams take desperate measures on draft day.

Thou hast nailed it, Your Holiness.

April 27, 2012  09:21 AM ET

0-16. The perfect compliment to their undefeated season way back when. HA!

April 27, 2012  09:36 AM ET

i've been saying it for months: Tannehill is the 2nd coming of Kyle Boller but he might end up more like Mark Sanchez...either way the Fins made a huge reach b/c they're desperate.

April 27, 2012  09:48 AM ET

Poor Fish. In two years, they'll trade Tannehill for a couple of used kicking tees. And the next season, the Ginger Dictator will abolish the kickoff and replace it with four minutes of commercials and a mandatory touchback, followed by 4 more minutes of commercials, in his misguided effort to make the NFL more exciting.

April 27, 2012  09:56 AM ET

If he doesn't work out as QB they can at least shift him to slot receiver

April 27, 2012  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

If he doesn't work out as QB they can at least shift him to slot receiver

Just what they need from a #8 pick too.

 
April 27, 2012  10:37 AM ET

This was a daft move, but not at all unexpected. Miami's been in disarray at the management level for some time. They really don't know what they're doing. (Chad Henne?)

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