Dolphins, not Redskins, selected the right quarterback in 2012 draft

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It was not long ago when the Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins were both desperate for quarterbacks entering the 2012 NFL draft.

Miami was coming off a 6-10 season when it fired coach Tony Sparano and hired Joe Philbin. The Dolphins suffered through quarterbacks Chad Henne, Matt Moore and J.P. Losman in 2011.

Meanwhile, Washington was coming off a 5-11 season. The Redskins relied on downtrodden quarterbacks Rex Grossman and John Beck and needed what they felt was a long-term solution.

Washington selected Robert Griffin III with the No. 2 overall pick in 2012. The Redskins used multiple first-rounders to trade up and get Griffin, who was considered a sure thing and on par with No. 1 overall pick Andrew Luck.

The Dolphins’ selection of former Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill with the No. 8 overall pick was considered more of a project. Tannehill had limited experience with 19 starts at quarterback before Miami took him in the first round. Many draft experts said Tannehill had boom-or-bust potential.

Fast forward to three years later: Tannehill is coming off a career year in which he threw for 4,045 yards, 27 touchdowns and had a 92.8 passer rating that earned him a $96 million contract extension with the Dolphins this offseason. Griffin, meanwhile, was benched to start the regular season in favor of Kirk Cousins and his future in Washington is in question. It’s possible the former No. 2 overall pick could be released and looking for his second team entering just his fourth season.

The Dolphins, in retrospect, got their quarterback decision correct and Washington did not. In fact, the top of the 2012 draft was littered with first-round busts. In addition to RG III, former Cleveland Browns tailback Trent Richardson and former Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon also were huge flops.

Tannehill, 26, is not a Pro Bowler or an elite quarterback, but he is a solid, ascending player who turned out to be a nice building block for Miami.