After months and months of analysis, the 2012 NFL Draft is here ... and so is the future of the Miami Dolphins' quarterback position.
Here we are, gents. After months and months of mocking, criticizing, re-mocking, re-criticizing, analyzing, getting punched in the face by the Dolphins' lack of activity during free agency, discussing, re-analyzing and then once again re-mocking, we're finally on the doorstep of the 2012 NFL Draft. It's here, my friends and fellow fans, and it could be a doozy for those of you clamoring for the Dolphins to take the next step and fashion a blitzkrieg "eff you, we're going to blast your ass right off the field!" style of offense.
If the Dolphins want to go grocery shopping for their brand-spanking-new West Coast offense this weekend, they'll likely walk away with some elite pieces of the puzzle. Quicksilver receivers? They'll be available. Mobile offensive lineman? They're invited to the party. Seam-threat tight ends? Take your pick--there are virtually dozens to choose from! It's going to be a sweet weekend in Dolphins country. You'll see. I never lie.
Of course, if you want the car to go fast, you need the right engine to bring all of the parts together, and that's why I've decided to endorse Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill as my desired choice for the Miami Dolphins when they go on the clock later tonight. I first wrote about Tannehill-to-Miami last December, and though I really had no idea then that Tannehill would eventually be an option for us at No. 8 overall, I don't have a problem with it. Quarterback prospects rise--some more than others. Robert Griffin III didn't even have a draft page on ESPN until October, and if anyone last summer had been bold enough to suggest that big Griff would be the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, they would've been ridiculed right into the ground. A season can change everything, and though Tannehill last season didn't satisfy all of the questions about his game, he did more than enough to convince me that the No. 17 would look damn good on a Dolphins uniform. Because of that, I am throwing caution (and any remaining cynicism) to the wind, saying "F it," and rolling with the prospect whom I believe will be the main piece of the puzzle Jeff Ireland, Joe Philbin and Mike Sherman are currently building in Miami. Viva la Tannehill!
Enjoy the 2012 NFL Draft, everyone. And thanks so much for being the greatest fans (readers and website visitors) in football. I honestly love writing content for you guys to (hopefully) enjoy.