by National Football Post
March 12, 02012
QB Ryan Tannehill: Texas A&M (6-4, 222)
ICONTannehill is impressive on the move.
A former high school quarterback who made the move to wide out as a freshman and led the team in receptions during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Made the move back to quarterback in 2010 and led the team to six straight victories at the end of the regular season. Is simply a natural football player who has an impressive feel of the game. Despite not having a ton of experience as a college quarterback, did a great job quickly getting away from center, settling his feet into the three-step game and was balanced/accurate getting the ball out on time. Possesses a quick release, and exhibits some natural torque from his waist that allows him to really spin the football. Has a good arm, not elite, but his ability to cleanly spin the ball and transfer his weight off his back foot allows him to make all the throws. Can stick the deep out, displays consistent plant leg placement when striding toward his target and his ball placement/accuracy are very good in the short/intermediate pass game. At times gets a bit upright in the pocket, which will take away from his base and ability to really generate power from his legs, but his lower body mechanics should continue to improve with experience.
Is a natural athlete who has a good feel in the pocket, Keeps his eyes down the field when he feels pressure, looks natural stepping up in the pocket and will deliver the football in the face of pressure. Isn't afraid to stare down the barrel of the shotgun and take a lick. Can create with his legs once he breaks contain, isn't overly shifty, but has good enough straight-line speed to do damage in the open field. Is decisive in the pocket and has the ability to routinely go through progressions across the field. However, his lack of experience shows up most in his struggles to quickly decipher defenses. Throws blindly too often when trying to find a secondary read or won't trust what he see's and force the ball into coverage. However, his ability to decipher defenses will improve with more time at the position.
Gets a bit sloppy with his vertical passes down the field. Does a nice job looking off defenders and seems to fall off bucket throws, dropping his elbow in the process. I wasn't overly impressed with his touch down the field at this stage. Also, needs to do a better job taking some velocity off throws underneath, at times puts a little too much on passes underneath when throwing in rhythm, causing a lot of dropped passes because his receivers can't adjust. Throws very well on the move when he squares his shoulders, generates good velocity and is accurate with the football. However, at times gets lazy though and will throw off balance causing passes to sail.
Impression: With such limited experience at the quarterback position it's not a case of where this guy is right now, but where he can be in 2/3 years. I love the talent and the overall production from a guy who doesn't have much experience playing from under center as he plays way beyond his years. A potential franchise quarterback in my mind.
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