Dolphins could ease Tannehill into starting role

While it sounds like Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Brandon Weeden could have a chance to start from the get-go as first-round picks, the Miami Dolphins may be taking a more deliberate approach when it comes to Ryan Tannehill's timetable.

Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland said via the Miami Herald that Tannehill's future is definitely as a starter, but didn't say when exactly the QB of the future would become the QB of the present.

"Obviously, this brings a new, young face in there, and he’s going to compete as hard as he can," Ireland said. "We’re not going to make any predictions about when he’ll start or what he’ll do in the first year, but I can tell you one thing: This kid’s a competitor, and he’ll want to be the starter.”

As the first first-round quarterback the Dolphins have taken since 1983, expectations will be high for Tannehill to have success once he ascends to the top of the depth chart.

“I didn’t take him as the eighth pick in the draft to be a backup quarterback,” Ireland said. “I picked him to be a starting quarterback in this league at some point, to have an impact on this football team, to help us win football games and championships. That’s the expectation that I have going down the line.”

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