The Miami Dolphins entered the 2012 NFL Draft surrounded in controversy and after the dust has settled, you wonder if the fan base is actually buying into what the ownership is trying to sell. After failed attempts to land high profile characters such as head coaches Jim Harbaugh and Jeff Fisher along with QB Peyton Manning, the public relations department for the Dolphins has been reeling. Nearly every NFL Draft analyst pegged Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill as the selection for Miami, and so it was.
The Tannehill question has been debated for weeks in regards to how he fits with the Dolphins and whether or not he is the quarterback of the future for the club which has been searching for stability at the position since Dan Marino retired. Tannehill was introduced in Miami yesterday and his wife garnered more attention than he did. His wife, Lauren Ufer, a model, looks as if she just walked off one of the local beaches. It’s generally not such a good thing when your potential quarterback of the future’s wife generates more interest that the signal caller himself.
Miami acutally drafted some interesting prospects but the 2012 Draft will forever be linked to Ryan Tannehill and whether he was worth the number eight overall pick in the first-round. When will he play? Does he need to sit an entire year? Is 2012 another lost season before it begins?
Miami selected Stanford OT Jonathan Martin, a great selection which can play either side of the offensive line. With the 72nd pick, Miami added a speed pass rusher in Oliver Vernon from the University of Miami. They added an intriguing prospect at tight end with Michael Egnew from Missouri who is a prolific pass catcher. In the sixth-round, they added the all-time leading receiver from Michigan State University, B.J. Cunningham who could break right into the Dolphins starting lineup in 2012 as their slot receiver.
If I had to place a draft grade on the Miami Dolphins draft based on their needs, I’d have to say incomplete. Eliminate Tannehill and I’d give the Dolphins a B-, I think they added a few nice pieces. However, Miami went all in during this draft in order to get Tannehill and there are just far too many questions surrounding him and his ability.
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