With success in the NFL becoming more and more dependent on great quarterbacking play, teams are getting more and more desperate to find the next great “franchise” quarterback. There seems to be a consensus this year among NFL analysts that both Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III have the skills to be franchise players for their soon-to-be teams. Ryan Tannehill, former Texas A&M standout, has been a guy that has climbed from near obscurity to now a very good possibility of being drafted somewhere in the first ten slots when the NFL draft kicks off on Thursday night.
Is Tannehill’s rise a product of his play and attributes or is he a product of a system that is desperate to find a great, franchise-type quarterback?
“No. I don’t.” NFL Network analyst Charles Davis told 110SportsPodcast.com when asked if Tannehill’s rise was warranted. “I think he’s a good football player. I like him, I did a few of his games last year. There’s a lot about him that I like, but I don’t have him anywhere in my top ten. I never have and I wouldn’t pick him in the top ten if I were a team.”
The mixed feeling on Tannehill has to worry some teams. After all, you will be devoting the next few years to building a team around him and if he doesn’t pan out – you usually start the process all over again. It’s vital to get it right.
“I’ve had guys that I really respect in the business tell me that I am absolutely missing the boat, that I’m missing a superstar in the making in Ryan Tannehill. I don’t agree with that,” Davis said. “I had him rated as a late first-rounder, early second round pick and I haven’t moved him up much beyond that, but I understand why people do. I see it. I see the athleticism, I see the arm, I see the smarts – this guy was a finalist for the Academic Heimsan Trophy award, but I just don’t have the overall feeling that Ryan Tannehill is a guy that I’m going to be calling a franchise quarterback later on.
“Will we call him an excellent starter in the NFL? I think that possibility exists, but franchise quarterback? I think we throw that around too much. I think there are very few guys that are franchise quarterbacks. I’ve had people tell me that he can be, I would disagree on that.”
– For the full interview with Charles Davis listen to Episode 152 on 110SportsPodcast.com.
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