I get it! The Free Agency Frenzy has died down. The world is mostly on pause. And the NFL Draft can’t come quickly enough.
As a result, the sports universe is either looking back at the past or hypothesizing the future. All of this has led to some interesting reading material.
One example is the featured piece on NFL.com by Gil Brandt Reimagining the 2012 draft.
Brandt’s 2012 redraft still has the Dolphins taking Ryan Tannehill with the 8th overall pick.
My initial reaction was this guy must have lost his mind!
I like Ryan Tannehill, but in a do over would this still be the right choice?
The Redraft Rules
Rule #1: Any player taken before Ryan Tannehill in the 2012 Draft is not available to the Miami Dolphins
This takes these seven players off the board:
Andrew Luck – QB
Robert Griffin III – QB
Trent Richardson – RB
Matt Kalil – T
Justin Blackmon – WR
Morris Claiborne – DB
Mark Barron – DB
Rule #2: Any player taken before the eight pick in Brandt’s redraft is not available to the Miami Dolphins
That removes the following players:
Russell Wilson – QB
Nick Foles – QB
Riley Reiff – OT
T.Y. Hilton – WR
Stephon Gilmore – CB
Fletcher Cox – DT
If Miami was determined to draft a quarterback, here are the notable quarterbacks that were available:
Weeden most likely does not get drafted in a redo. Miami fans got the see the Osweiler experiment in real life courtesy of Adam Gase. Based on the close-up look and his career in general, Osweiler is not in the first round discussion.
Kirk Cousins in Aqua and Orange
Kirk Cousins career stats are slightly better than Tannehill’s, he also made the Pro Bowl twice.
The tough pill to swallow with Kirk Cousins is the cost. Cousins’ career earnings are over $100 million. The price tag could be attributed to poor money management by the Washington Redskins, but the Vikings continued the trend. The Minnesota Vikings just signed Cousins to a 2 year $66 million contract.
Cousins is a good quarterback, but when you draft a quarterback 8th overall and pay over $100 million, you expect more than two pro-bowl appearances.
You expect MVP trophies and more than one playoff wins in eight years!
With that being said, Miami does not draft Kirk Cousins with the 8th overall pick in the 2012 Redraft.
With no better quarterback options available there are two options:
- Stick with the original pick and draft Ryan Tannehill
- Pass on a quarterback in the 2012 NFL Draft
If the Dolphins went with Option 2
Matt Moore would be the starter for one year and then look for a quarterback in 2013 draft. The problem with this strategy is in hindsight the 2013 draft had to have been one of the worst for quarterbacks.
2013 NFL Draft Quarterback Class
The options would have been Geno Smith, Tyler Wilson, Matt Barkley, E.J. Manuel, Landry Jones and Mike Glennon. Most of which are no longer in the league.
Ryan Tannehill starts to look really good now.
After looking at all the prospects, Gil Brandt’s selection of Ryan Tannehill at 8th overall is a good call.
With that said, Miami should have continued to bring in competition for Tannehill until it was clear that he was the franchise quarterback.
Imagine if Miami drafted Teddy Bridgewater or Derek Carr in 2014 to compete with Tannehill. The Dolphins might not be looking to draft the future franchise quarterback in the 2020 draft.
That might just be a blessing in disguise. Especially if the future quarterback is ultimately better than Bridgewater, Carr, and Tannehill.