Tannehill a Tremendous Risk for Dolphins

Tannehill a Tremendous Risk for Dolphins

Every draft is its own special animal, which explains why Dan Marino could be the 27th player selected in 1983 and Ryan 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.

Fans will feel better about it than they should, however, because nothing moves the needle in this game like a quarterback.

There will be no booing, like the mutiny in the practice bubble when Miami took wide receiver and return specialist Ted Ginn, Jr., with the ninth overall pick in 2007. There will be none of the yawning that accompanies high draft picks spent on offensive linemen, even those with Pro Bowl written all over them.

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