Tannehill unfazed by foot surgery, touts starting potential

INDIANAPOLIS — Even though a broken foot derailed Ryan Tannehill‘s draft preparation, the Texas A&M QB’s confidence remains fully intact.

Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill speaks Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine. (Gary A. Vasquez/NFL)

The reason must be that Tannehill’s rehabilitation from surgery — performed four weeks ago by renowned foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson — is moving along well enough to save his pro day scheduled for March 29.

“I’m really excited about where I’m at right now,” Tannehill said Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine, where he won’t participate in any drills. “Just talked to (Dr. Anderson) earlier today, he was telling me the screw looks like it’s healing great, ahead of schedule. It’s to the point now where I can really start pushing it, really start working on my footwork and my running, and get ready for my pro day.”

Tannehill’s pro day will be his make-or-break moment. Behind Stanford’s Andrew Luck and Baylor’s Robert Griffin III, Tannehill is widely considered the No. 3 QB prospect. He could go in first round — that is, if he proves he’s worth it at his pro day.

“I’m definitely excited about the opportunity,” Tannehill said. “I definitely want to maximize the gifts that I’ve been given and try to elevate myself as much as I can between now and the draft.”

Tannehill already was forced to miss the Senior Bowl last month in Mobile, Ala. And now he’s doing just interviews at the combine. His broken foot even forced him to use crutches down the aisle for his wedding in Mexico.

Despite all the setbacks, though, Tannehill keeps a positive outlook and is intent on doing big things right away in the NFL.

“I want to be a starter. It’s a goal of mine,” said Tannehill, who started just 20 games as a QB in College Station after converting from receiver. “I don’t just want to make a team. I want to go play. I want to make an impact and lead a team to the Super Bowl. They’re high expectations, but I pride myself on setting my goals high and doing everything to meet them.”

– Simon Samano

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