Let me start off by saying, when I heard the Dolphins were planning on drafting Tannehill, I wasn't the biggest of fans. I was excited that they finally thought of drafting a quarterback in the first round, but I felt that Tannehill was not the answer and could not be the franchise quarterback. I thought that, being a wide receiver for half of his college career, there is no way he can lead an NFL team to a Super Bowl, let alone a playoff game.
Today, I decided to do some research on our new quarterback, and my opinion could not have changed more. I watched the entire QB Camp with Jon Gruden and gained a lot of respect for Tannehill. You can tell he loves the game, as he says throughout the entire interview, and that he is a student of the game. When asked to name formations, he comes with 15 off the top of his head. He studies his game and finds his mistakes. He knows his playbook and how to run his offense. He knows how to read defenses, and in a couple cases took charge to run the ball himself for big gains. He knows how the game of football works and he has a great work ethic. He wants to step into an organization and be a leader.
Along with his intangibles, he also has talent. He has an amazing arm. He is one of the most accurate quarterbacks that came out of this draft. He can air it out deep and be right on target. He can throw hitch routes to the outside with ease. Sure, he makes some bad reads, but he's a rookie. He has time to fix his mistakes. He is a very physical quarterback. Being a former wide receiver, he has some bulk to him and he isn't afraid to stand in the pocket and take a hit. He can also run. He shows off his speed in a couple college games.
Another great thing about Tannehill is that he already knows 80-85% of the offense, being that Mike Sherman was his offensive coordinator. He has a good relationship with him that could carry over into the NFL. Tannehill is one of few rookies to have already run an NFL based offense in college, giving him a step ahead. Does this make him better than Luck? Not by any means, but it does give him another plus. He knows all of his drops and his routes and how to anticipate routes. He knows what he is doing on the field.
I will come out and say that I personally would love to see Tannehill start week 1. What do we have to lose? I understand Matt Moore is a decent quarterback and he finished the season off well, but is he our future? No, he is just a fill in until we find our guy. And David Garrard? That was a joke since the time the Dolphins signed him. Honestly, I don't see how much Tannehill could learn from sitting behind these guys for a year. I think they need to give him a chance to get the experience, learn how to lose, and learn how to correct his mistakes. We need some excitement in Miami. Tannehill could bring that. Watch a couple videos and do a little research before we make our assumptions about this guy. It seemed like a waste of a 8th overall pick, but I think the Dolphins got lucky. He's got a lot of talent and a lot of intangibles that could help our team win. I'm really excited to see what happens this season.