There will be immense pressure on both Robert Griffin III and Ryan Tannehill to exceed expectations in the NFL–the former because of the bounty the Redskins had to give up to select him and the latter because of the omnipresent shadow of Dan Marino lurking around the franchise.
Even amid speculation, there was never any serious consideration of moving up to take Griffin.
“I didn’t see a huge separation between Griffin and Ryan at the time,” Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland told King last week. “I just didn’t see it.”
After spending a week in Texas scouting both Texas A&M and Baylor, Ireland’s conviction on Tannehill grew stronger, in spite of the young quarterback struggling in a 41-25 loss at Oklahoma.
“But after that week,” Ireland told King last week, “I kept coming back to thinking, ‘This guy’s going to succeed.’ I liked his stroke, his presence, his decision-making, his athletic ability. He did the things a pro quarterback does—change protections, sight-adjust at the line. I like the way he fought through adversity. When everyone in the world thinks you just suck, you’ve got to get back in the huddle and prove you belong. That huddle has to believe in you. I have that belief in Ryan.”
Tannehill will have his first chance to win over a professional huddle this weekend as the Dolphins host a rookie mini-camp.
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