With the 8th overall pick in the 2012 draft, the Miami Dolphins select:
Ryan Tannehill QB, Texas A&M
This offseason was a complete disaster for the Miami Dolphins as they exhausted every possibility in a search for a QB, and with each option the failed miserably. Peyton Manning would not give them the time of day, nor would Matt Flynn. They had a little excitement when Alex Smith came for a visit, but he later admitted to just using Miami to push the 49ers to act. What is clear is that Miami is desperate for a QB, and while they could not land a free agent, and are not picking high enough to land Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III, they are fortunate enough to come away with Ryan Tannehill in this mock draft.
This decision would be a very difficult one as Morris Claiborne is by far the best player on the board and has somehow fallen this far, but the possibility of a franchise quarterback is worth the risk. Tannehill is a fantastic athlete with tremendous upside. He is a converted wide receiver with great speed and agility, but has also demonstrated a presence in the passing game. The word upside is key, as many do not feel that he is ready to play right away, but the upside is great enough that some believe a team will move up the the #3 spot to grab Tannehill.
At worst Tannehill pushes Matt Moore this year to become a higher quality QB, at best Tannehill becomes a powerful force at the position in the NFL.
The Carolina Panthers are on the Clock