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Where Do You Rank Tannehill among the QBs Drafted Over the Past 2 Years?
The days of developing a QB on the bench are long gone unless there is a proven vet (Manning, Brady, etc…). Both 2011 and 2012 there have been seven QBs taken in the first 3 rounds. Heading into week one 10 of those QBs will be starting (five from each draft). Of course, Ryan Tannehill is part of this year’s crop.
I know it is early in their careers, but if you were a GM and had to rank these 14 QBs taken in the first 3 rounds the past two years how would you rank them? How far up the ladder would you put Tannehill?
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1. Cam Newton (Undefeated and National Championship at Auburn…35 TDs produced as rookie…most physically gifted QB ever?)
2. Andrew Luck (A close second. Best NFL prospect since another Stanford QB named John Elway according to most experts.)
3. Robert Griffin III (Probably throws the deep ball best of entire group. Definitely the fastest.)
4. Russell Wilson (All he did at Wisconsin last year was learn a new offense, get voted a team captain before playing a down, lead the nation in passing, and lead Wisconsin to the Rose Bowl. His dynamic play in preseason has earned him the starting job in Seattle over Matt Flynn.)
5. Colin Kaepernick (Hey, I am a Wolfpack alumni so I may be biased. Cannon of an arm. Worked on quickening his release. Deceptively fast thanks to long legs. Has a habit of 50+ yard TD runs. Showed this preseason if Harbaugh wants a high powered offense in SF “the Kapper” is a better option than Smith.)
6. Andy Dalton (Led Cincy to playoffs, but soft schedule had a lot to do with it imo. Having AJ Green as a WR doesn’t hurt either. Regardless of context, leading a team to the playoffs as a rookie is quite an accomplishment.)
7. Ryan Tannehill (Should have a big advantage over other rookie QBs having played under Sherman past 5 years. Learning to look off DBs instead of locking on to WRs will go a long way to his success in NFL. Can he last long enough for Miami to get play makers around him?)
8. Nick Foles (Looked very good this preseason. Then again, it seems “all” backup QBs look good playing for Andy Reid. Given Vick's inability to stay healthy all year could easily get quite a bit of playing time this year.)
9. Christian Ponder (One of the three big reaches in last year’s 1st round. Nothing special. May develop to a top 15-20 QB before Vikings choose another option a couple of years down the road.)
10. Jake Locker (Not a big fan. Physically gifted, but just not accurate as a passer. Best year in college he only completed 58.2% of passes junior year. As a rookie completed a mere 51.5%. Will make some highlight plays by scrambling around in the pocket. Poor man's Fran Tarkenton?)
11. Blaine Gabbert (Looked overwhelmed last year. Looks better this preseason and Blackmon will help, but until proven on the field during regular season I won’t get that lost puppy dog look out of mind when thinking about Gabbert.)
12. Brandon Weeden (Based on preseason McCoy should still be the starter. Browns are forced to play Weeden given age, 29, and spending 1st round pick on him.)
13. Brock Osweiler (If ranking for developing a basketball team he would be up top of the list. May some nice plays in preseason. Should have stayed at ASU for another year imo. But who else better to watch and learn from than Peyton Manning?)
14. Ryan Mallet (Except maybe Tom Brady…hasn’t been overly impressive in preseason. Good chance Mallet will spend his entire career as a backup.)