What does the future hold for Ryan Tannehill?
The 2012 NFL draft was chock full of talent at the quarterback position. When we look back at it in 10 years we could be talking about it in the same vein as the 1983 draft that had Dan Marino, John Elway, Jim Kelly, and Ken O’Brien. The 2012 class of Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson, Ryan Tannehill, Brandon Weeden, Nick Foles,and Kirk Cousins. This infusion of talent at the position came at just the right time as there were many quarterback starved teams. Everyone knows how good Luck, RG3, and Wilson are now, but the other ones still have something to prove. Ryan Tannehill is the one on the list that will take the biggest step forward in year two.
We all know about the damage Russell Wilson, RG3, and even Andrew Luck can do with their feet, but Ryan Tannehill is no slouch in that department either. He has the best pocket presence of any quarterback in the draft class and knows the exact moment when he has to take off and leave the pocket in order to avoid a sack. Tannehill is still learning the game. He only started 19 games in college at the position, before that playing wide receiver. In 2009 he actually led all Texas A&M receivers with 46 catches for 609 touchdowns and four touchdowns and earned All-Big 12 honorable mention at the wide receiver position before starting his first game at quarterback in 2010.
Of all the quarterbacks in the 2012 draft class, Ryan Tannehill will improve the most from their rookie season to year two. The Dolphins spent all off-season surrounding him with talent at the other skill positions. The biggest signing was of course Mike Wallace from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Earlier in camp there were reports that the two were not in synch and had no chemistry, but recently the reports have been the exact opposite. The two are now finally getting on the same page and if that happens then Ryan Tannehill will have a reliable deep threat. Having a player that can take the top off of a defense is something that was extremely lacking during Tannehill’s rookie season. The team also added Dustin Keller and Brandon Gibson. Keller unfortunately had his season (and possibly career) ended when he was taken out at the knees by rookie cornerback D.J. Swearinger. Keller tore his MCL, ACL, PCL, and for good measure, dislocated his knee. It’s unfortunate for Tannehill as it was clear the two were forming a bond in the the short passing game. Gibson isn’t anything special but he does a great job of catching any ball that comes his way and was productive for Sam Bradford during his time in St. Louis. Second year running back LamarMiller is being counted on to step up his game this season as well. I think he is a good bet to catch 40 balls from Tannehill over the course of the season. As you can see, the team has built the offense up around Ryan Tannehill and made it a priority to surround him with weapons that he needs to succeed at this level.
Ryan Tannehill makes for a nice upside fantasy QB2 that has top 5 upside in the future. He is currently going off the board as the 23rd quarterback in the late 12th round.
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