Think about this for a minute. We choose Tannehill with our 2nd pick. I did not say their 2nd round choice. Imagine the surprise at Radio City Hall when the commissioner walks up to the podium and says "the Miami Dolphins select Quinton Coples DE North Carolina". People like Mel Kiper Jr. would say that the Dolphins must know something about Tannehill. After all they hired Mike Sherman as OC and he did not pound the table hard enough to convince Coach Philbin and Ireland to select him at 8.
When Pete Carroll started with the Seahawks a lot of people thought that he would select Taylor Mays. When he selected Earl Thomas instead, Mays fell to the second round. I am not saying that Tannehill would slip to the 2nd round.
Today Ireland spoke with the media about the draft and one of the things that he said was their draft board has not changed very much since the end of the college season. For argument sake, let say that they have Tannehill rated in the 20's and Coples in the top 10. By passing on Tannehill at 8 one of the messages that is sent is that the team who knows him better than anyone else must know something that the rest of the league does not know. When in actuality all Ireland is doing is a smokescreen. The Fins trade back into the first round with Cincy @ 21 for instance and give them our 2nd and 3rd round pick for the rights to draft Tannehill.
I know a lot of you will think this is very risky but remember what happened with Brady Quinn. Most people thought that the Browns would draft Quinn at 3, but instead they drafted Joe Thomas. Later in round one, they traded with Dallas at 22 and picked Quinn.
What do you think about that strategy?