The 2012 NFL Draft was a much debated one for the Miami Dolphins. Everything centered around the team's first round pick, quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Did the Dolphins take the Texas A&M Aggie too early? Would he be able to play this season, despite only having 19 college starts at the position? Would he have to sit the entire season, with the Dolphins having wasted the eighth overall pick?
Of course, looking back on the pick now, it looks to be the right move. Tannehill started all 16 games for the Dolphins, as did second round pick, Stanford tackle Jonathan Martin. Looking back on the 2012 Draft, would ESPN's Mel Kiper change his original grade of C for Miami?
Here's a look at the Dolphins' 2012 draft, as well as what Kiper says about the Miami picks after a season in the NFL.
|1||8||Ryan Tannehill||QB||Texas A&M|
|6||183||B.J. Cunningham||WR||Michigan State|
Kiper originally graded the Dolphins with a "C," however, he upgraded that to a "B-" now that the season is over. Explaining the change, Kiper wrote:
Summary: The Dolphins' draft looks better today. Ryan Tannehill was a value question for me at the No. 8 spot, but Miami didn't want to mess around with trading down and hoping he was still there, so the Dolphins stuck with a plan and got the guy they wanted. They also created what should have been one of the smoother system transitions in recent memory by hiring Tannehill's college coach (Mike Sherman) to call plays. Tannehill had some highs, and he clearly showed why we consider him a high-ceiling talent, but on the aggregate he was a roller-coaster -- up one week, playing poorly the next. Maturity, experience and some weapons could mean a much better 2013. Jonathan Martin settled in on the right side and played pretty well, and Olivier Vernon might someday take over for the great Cameron Wake. Rishard Matthews might also be a late developmental value after seeing the field the last few games of the season. This could be a good draft, but it's all about whether Tannehill can take the next step. I think he can.