Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is the driving force behind the team’s interested in selecting Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill with the No. 8 overall pick in this week’s NFL draft, a league source told ProFootballTalk.com on Sunday.
Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman was Tannehill’s college coach at Texas A&M. But it’s Ross who’s making the push, the source said.
Later Sunday, a source sent an e-mail to the Miami Herald to say that the report wasn’t accurate. The source said that Ross isn’t telling general manager Jeff Ireland what to do with the team’s pick.
However, Sports Illustrated’s Peter King wrote on Monday that a source called him to say the original report from ProFootballTalk.com was correct, and Ross wants his team to select Tannehill.
Despite these contradicting reports, the Dolphins still need a quarterback after losing out on free agents Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn. Matt Moore and David Garrard are currently in line to take snaps at quarterback next season.
Though many — including NFL Network draft analysts Mike Mayock and Charley Casserly — don’t see Tannehill as a top-10 draft pick.