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Evans: Tannehill Will Be Best of 2012 Quarterback Draft Class
By on May 23, 2012 at 9:24 am

No matter what transpires during their respective NFL careers, Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Ryan Tannehill will be connected by one April night.

Each of their successes and failures will be measured against each other, creating a never-ending need to rank the young quarterbacks.

NFL Network analyst Heath Evans joined The Finsiders and gave a bold prediction as to which of three will rise to the top.

“I firmly believe that Ryan Tannehill will end up being the best quarterback out of this draft class,” said Evans, referring to the trio of quarterbacks taken in the first round.

The Colts, of course, chose Luck, the draft’s consensus top prospect, with the first pick in April’s draft. It always seemed like it would be one of those no-doubt type decisions. There was the faint allure of ¬†Griffin’s athleticism and college transcendence, but Luck’s perceived ability to be able to step right in was too much for Indianapolis to pass up.

This–a lower professional ceiling–is precisely what Evans is worried about with Luck, though.

“I think we’ve seen Andrew Luck’s best,” Evans said. “You’ve got to remember, this guy was coached by Jim Harbaugh for years, so he’s NFL-ready. He’s NFL-groomed.”

At this point, it’s a question of whether you prefer the known or the unknown. While Evans, who played with both Drew Brees and Tom Brady, thinks that Luck and Griffin will be successful NFL starters, it’s Tannehill’s potential that intrigues him the most.

“I think all three of those quarterbacks have it,” Evans said. “But when you look at prototypical potential, if the coaching is done right and the situation is going to be formed and molded around Tannehill, I think this kid has everything that you want for this day and age of offensive football in the NFL.”

Evans, a South Florida native and former Dolphins fullback, has criticized the franchise in the past, citing what he once perceived to be a lack of institutional control. He, however, liked what he saw on the field towards the end of last season and thinks it can carry over into this season with new head coach Joe Philbin. If that success is to carry over, Evans feels they need to be committed to grooming a quarterback because of the position’s importance in today’s NFL. Selecting Tannehill certainly was a start.

“They’ve made their choice,” Evans said. “They need to do everything and anything within their power, whether it’s bringing in the right wide receivers, the offensive line, the system that’s going to be ¬†molded to fit this particular player.”


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PsychFugue says:

Thanks, you are correct and I stated it incorrectly… the comment was in reference to how much we have invested in Tannehill and how Devlin doesn’t stand a chance to win the job outright

Devlin appeared to be a perfect fit for the WCO, but it seems he will simply go unnoticed during he offseason… the team finds it more important now to become a part of television like the Jets on a weekly basis… the focus on rebuilding the team will be full of distractions

MedicVa says:

Tannehill was a 1st Round draft pick, 8th pick overall….NOT an 8th round pick..I dont even think there are 8 rounds in the Draft.

PsychFugue says:

We hope… when you put all your eggs in one basket… you have to have hope.

As an 8th round pick I know Tannehill will get far more of a chance to win the job outright than any other QB on our roster, just to try and “save face” on the pick.

The “best man” for the job may not win it outright, but by default instead.

Even though I’d like to believe Philbin and his staff are open-minded when it comes to getting the best QB for our team, I’m far from convinced it’s true.