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Old 04-12-2012, 07:35 PM   #1
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Jim Irsay has his pick of quarterbacks Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III with his Indianapolis Colts owning the NFL draft's No. 1 overall selection. He's also, however, using his Twitter account to try to play matchmaker for quarterback prospect Ryan Tannehill.

The Colts owner called Tannehill the "hidden gem" of the draft and suggested that if a team wants to select him, it will have to talk trade with the Minnesota Vikings, who own the No. 3 pick.

"Tannehill is a hidden gem in this draft, a quiet secret who was always sneaking up to #3..you want him,you better talk to Zigi The Biggie!," Irsay wrote Wednesday afternoon.

Irsay regularly voices his opinions on Twitter, even using the social media platform to announce Indianapolis' personnel moves during the season. "Zigi The Biggie" is a reference to Vikings owner Zygi Wilf.

The Cleveland Browns at No. 4 and the Miami Dolphins at No. 8 are two teams that could draft Tannehill if they get the chance. The Browns were involved in trade talks with the St. Louis Rams for the No. 2 pick before being outbid by the Washington Redskins. Miami had failed courtships of quarterbacks Peyton Manning, Matt Flynn and Alex Smith this offseason as it tries to find a franchise quarterback.

The Kansas City Chiefs at No. 11 and Seattle Seahawks at No. 12 also have been said at one point in time to have interest in Tannehill.

Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, who was fired as Texas A&M's coach in December after four seasons, coached Tannehill with the Aggies.

The Vikings presumably will not draft a quarterback with the third pick after taking Christian Ponder in the first round of last year's draft. But if the Dolphins or another team covet Tannehill and fear the Browns might take him at No. 4, they could be potential trade partners with Minnesota for its pick.

Tannehill converted from receiver to quarterback, which he played in high school, halfway through the 2010 season and caught the attention of NFL scouts despite starting just 19 games behind center for the Aggies.

At his pro day last month, Tannehill worked out for representatives of 22 NFL teams, including Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, Dolphins coach Joe Philbin and Browns offensive coordinator Brad Childress. It was their first offseason look at Tannehill after he missed the combine while recovering from foot surgery.

At his pro day last month, Tannehill showed off his mobility, accuracy and arm strength. While he wasn't throwing against a defense, he had only three incompletions (he missed one long pass and had two drops) on 68 passes thrown. He also ran the 40-yard dash in 4.62 seconds.

Tannehill was moved to receiver as a freshman after losing the quarterback competition. He had 1,453 yards receiving and nine touchdowns in his first two seasons combined at A&M and had 143 yards receiving as a junior before returning to quarterback.

Tannehill went 12-7 in 1.5 seasons at the position for the Aggies. He threw for 1,638 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2010 and had 3,744 yards passing with 29 touchdowns last season.

Information from ESPN.com AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley and The Associated Press was used in this report.
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When is the last time QB's went 1,2, and 3 in the draft? Also if he does go third how does that shape the rest of the draft for teams needing QBs? Seems like sitting at 25 might be a good spot for a team willing to trade back into the first round and reach for Weeden or another QB.
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When is the last time QB's went 1,2, and 3 in the draft? Also if he does go third how does that shape the rest of the draft for teams needing QBs? Seems like sitting at 25 might be a good spot for a team willing to trade back into the first round and reach for Weeden or another QB.
Last year was a pretty weird year and it worked out for us. Hopefully this year's the same. We've made it clear that we like to move around.
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When is the last time QB's went 1,2, and 3 in the draft? Also if he does go third how does that shape the rest of the draft for teams needing QBs? Seems like sitting at 25 might be a good spot for a team willing to trade back into the first round and reach for Weeden or another QB.
I think... Tim Couch, Akili Smith and McNab.
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It's gotta be Kalil at 3, doesn't it?
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Is Irsay suggesting the Vikes will draft a QB two years in a row? If so, fat chance. Just trying to drum up interest for his buddy.
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Is Irsay suggesting the Vikes will draft a QB two years in a row? If so, fat chance. Just trying to drum up interest for his buddy.
I think the idea would be that Cleveland would move up to secure Tannehill now that they whiffed on RGIII.
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Irsay is one big attention whore.
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Tannehill will be another Andy Dalton, he has good QB skills but not on the same level with Luck and RG3 but saying that there will be 3 or 4 qb's with better upside than Dalton in next years draft.
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I think the idea would be that Cleveland would move up to secure Tannehill now that they whiffed on RGIII.
Yep...Irsay's Tweet said, "...you want him,you better talk to Zigi The Biggie!"

Meaning...if any team (not the Vikings) wants Tannehill, they need to talk to the Vikes at #3 in order to be able to draft him.
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I also thought the QBs would go higher than Mock's are predicting. Just like last year, maybe it is easier to take a flyer on a QB early with the rookie wage scale. It is by far the most important position in the NFL.
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Irsay is smoking dope. Like Mayock said today, when he originally scouted Tannehill he had him at late first, early second, and sees no reason to change that. If some team takes him at #3, or even in the top ten, they're just losing their heads.
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It's gotta be Kalil at 3, doesn't it?
that or trade down. Tannehill is a reach at #3. If you want him, drop down. If he is gone, no biggie if you have other big needs.
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When is the last time QB's went 1,2, and 3 in the draft? Also if he does go third how does that shape the rest of the draft for teams needing QBs? Seems like sitting at 25 might be a good spot for a team willing to trade back into the first round and reach for Weeden or another QB.
If Tannehill goes early, that would make the next avaialble QB a hot commodity. If he goes to Miami per-se, there will still be a couple other teams trying to find their next franchise QB; Cleveland and Seattle...
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If Tannehill goes early, that would make the next avaialble QB a hot commodity. If he goes to Miami per-se, there will still be a couple other teams trying to find their next franchise QB; Cleveland and Seattle...
I agree, it makes teams over think things when a rush of a position starts getting drafted IMO.
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I also thought the QBs would go higher than Mock's are predicting. Just like last year, maybe it is easier to take a flyer on a QB early with the rookie wage scale. It is by far the most important position in the NFL.
Yep. It's much smarter and more affordable to draft talented QBs now, and it benefits those teams who really need one as well as those who can afford to groom them and trade them.
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I also thought the QBs would go higher than Mock's are predicting. Just like last year, maybe it is easier to take a flyer on a QB early with the rookie wage scale. It is by far the most important position in the NFL.
True i didn't see Locker or Gabbert as first rounders let alone top 15 picks.
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I saw a story that some NFL exec said half the teams in the top ten want to trade down. Sounds like a lot of gamesmanship going on and this is when the hype machine starts to ramp up.
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wow, someone in the top 5 is really going to regret taking Tannehill that high. I think he has potential, but i truly believe he is not going to become an elite QB in the NFL. maybe a Joe Flacco type at best.
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Brian Billick said the Balt Raven had their highest grade ever given to a single player on some guy named JaMarcus Russell . Even the best in the business make mistakes.
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