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Congemi Breaks Down Tannehill Selection
By on April 27, 2012 at 11:04 am

After months of intense speculation, the Miami Dolphins did, indeed, take Ryan Tannehill with the eighth pick in the draft.

With some other potential options available, there were questions as to whether the Dolphins would go all-in at quarterback.

“The best way to indicate if the Miami Dolphins really liked him was to see if they were going to select him at eight, and they did,” said John Congemi, who played quarterback at Pittsburgh and in the Canadian Football League. “They got that opportunity.”

Tannehill’s selection marked just the third time in franchise history that a quarterback was selected in the first round. Because the first two–Bob Griese and Dan Marino–played their entire Hall of Fame careers with the Dolphins, there will be high expectations for the former Texas A&M quarterback. That, of course, won’t mean anything for Tannehill, who may need to spend some time on the sidelines to get some seasoning.

Since the team is making a big investment, Congemi said the team must have a conviction that Tannehill will be the guy.

“They must believe that in the very near future that Tannehill is going to be the quarterback that can take them deep into the playoffs and win, ultimately, a Super Bowl,” Congemi said. “That’s what you have to gauge these quarterbacks on. It’s a quarterback-driven league.”

Tannehill, who played wide receiver for the Aggies for two and a half years before switching to quarterback, displayed the type of athleticism that is necessary for a West Coast quarterback. Aside from his good footwork and speed, Congemi said he was impressed by Tannehill’s field awareness, especially in the red zone.

“I really just thought that he had good awareness,” Congemi said. “As his anticipation and timing grow and they mature, I think his ability, his arm strength, will take over and he’ll become a very good quarterback.”

With so much speculation that Tannehill would be the pick, many wondered whether there was a chance that external sources, outside of the football staff, would influence the decision. Congemi, though, thinks that Tannehill was likely always the target.

“Everybody tried to read into it to maybe say that the Dolphins could possibly move out of the eighth pick,” Congemi said. “But I think in the room, with the Dolphins brass, from the ownership to the GM, all the way down to the coaching staff, I think Ryan Tannehill was probably their choice all along.”


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MIAMIBOY187 says:

alot of people are criticizing Tannehill for being 8 overall, I hope he does prosper and become the next Marino and shut the critics!

armyfin78 says:

I have watch tape on Tannehill as a wide reciever and at the QB position and I am impressed. He does remind me of Peyton Manning and Aron Rogers. Great move by the Dolphins. I hope we score some big help with the rounds 2 thru 7 of the draft!!

Simon says:

I agree, I like him and I’ve only seen a few bits of tape on him (because I’m English and we don’t get college football over here) but I’ve read so much on him, and everything I read and hear about him reminds me a lot of a young Aaron Rodgers. I think it’s a great move and I think in rd 2, Miami will take a RT to replace Colombo and then hopefully a WR with one of the 3rd picks we have. Great move Miami!

Shay says:

sorry… one point

Lol, that was a GOOD point though, no prob.

Shay says:

There are a few points I’d like to point out here. Tannehill reminds me A LOT of a young Aaron Rodgers. Big strong kid, terrific arm strength, can run with the ball and escape the rush……. I think this is going to turn out to be a tremendous move for us.