COLLEGE STATION, TX - NOVEMBER 24: Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Texas A&M Aggies throws a pass against the Texas Longhorns in the first half of a game at Kyle Field on November 24, 2011 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)
By now, everyone acknowledges, the Miami Dolphins have some interest in selecting Ryan Tannehill with the eighth overall pick in tomorrow's 2012 NFL Draft. How much of an interest is anyone's guess. And, according to Jacksonville director of player personnel, Terry McDonough, the Jaguars are guessing a whole lot of interest. Enough, in fact, that Jacksonville is willing to use the Dolphins' interest as bait to get someone to trade.
Speaking to Pete Prisco of 930AM, McDonough explained that "people know Miami's going to take him," speaking of the Texas A&M quarterback. He also added, "If a team wants a quarterback, they're going to have to come in front of Miami."
And, in a completely unrelated coincidence, with absolutely no self-serving motive whatsoever, McDonough happens to hold the pick just in front of the Dolphins. Convenient, isn't it?
Really, news like this shouldn't surprise anyone, as rumors and posturing are all a part of the buildup to the draft.
The Jaguars want out of the seventh position tomorrow night. They want to trade back, pick up some additional selections, and are looking for whomever that partner could be. In order to drive any other team's interest in making the move into the seventh slot, Jacksonville will use whatever means necessary. If that happens to be playing on the Dolphins interest in Tannehill, then they will happily use that, as long as it helps them complete their goal.
Remember, yesterday, the Minnesota Viking volunteered that the trade talks for the third overall position were "heating up."
Noting quite like conjuring up interest in a trade by making up interest from "another" team, or by selling out the team right behind you.
Welcome to the day before the draft.