Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland Continues To Sing Tannehill’s Praises

It’s been widely reported that Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland is like a kid on Christmas since drafting Tannehill at #8 overall.  Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post takes another looks at the decision to draft Tannehill.

“If had we eight to ten more games of film to watch Ryan Tannehill play that position, I think we’re looking at him in the same breath as Griffin and maybe Luck,” Ireland said. “I think he’s got that kind of ability and arm talent.”

The problem, of course, is that he doesn’t have those eight to ten more games of experience.  This doesn’t mean that Tannehill won’t perform, or even that he won’t perform quickly, but the bust potential is somewhat increased.  Nevertheless, Ireland makes a great point: “Experience is something that he doesn’t have a lot of. But the games that he played, that also impresses you, because he was also able to do something pretty damn good in a short period of time,” Ireland said. “If he had a few more games under his belt from an experience standpoint, you would’ve seen a progression of him getting better and better, and you did see that.”

Along with the lack of experience comes a lack of bad habits and the Dolphins will face an easier task of “unteaching” some of the gliches before installing their program in Tannehill.  Whether boom or bust, it’s unprecedented that a QB so untested is drafted so high, and this will be one of the more interesting players to monitor in years to come.

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