After his performance at the Texas A&M pro day Thursday, I think there’s a very good chance that QB Ryan Tannehill can be a top pick in the NFL draft in April.
The skill set that he showed was really, really good. He had an outstanding workout. He moves around well, he’s got accuracy and he’s got good velocity on the ball. It’s just going to be how people see him, as to where he’s going to get drafted. He has excellent ability and skills. He put on a show Thursday.
Tannehill threw 68 passes in a scripted workout coordinated by Chris Weinke, a former NFL QB who has been training Tannehill recently. A&M players Jeff Fuller and Cyrus Gray served as Tannehill’s receivers.
Fifteen of Tannehill’s passes were on the goal line, and the rest were on the 30-yard line going downfield. He missed one long pass and had two drops; otherwise, he was perfect. He also did the 40-yard dash in 4.62 seconds, running it just once.
As good as Tannehill’s performance was, it did take place “against air,” so to speak. There were no defensive backs there; nobody was engaging receivers coming off the line. But he spins the ball well; it comes out of his hand quickly. He does all of the things you look for on the field. If he works at the off-the-field preparation, like I think he will, I think he has a chance to be a very good NFL quarterback.
Dolphins coach Joe Philbin (along with GM Jeff Ireland) Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and a large contingent from the Browns, including offensive coordinator Brad Childress, were among the personnel on hand from 21 teams. I think everybody there was pleased with what they saw.