DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins knew their long-term solution at quarterback was not on the roster. That is why Miami selected former Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill with the No. 8 overall pick.
Miami’s interest in Tannehill was one of the worst-kept secrets in this draft. Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman coached Tannehill in college and is high on the incoming rookie. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross also reportedly liked Tannehill.
There was speculation Tannehill could go as high as No. 3 via trade or No. 4 to the Cleveland Browns. Neither happened. Cleveland traded up to draft former Alabama running back Trent Richardson. That paved the way for the Dolphins to select who they believe is their quarterback of the future.
Tannehill is a risky pick for Miami. He has only 19 career starts and was a late first- or early second-round prospect entering the offseason. But Tannehill shot up the draft boards in recent months with his physical potential.
We will have much more on Tannehill, including reaction from the Dolphins, coming up later.