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Fantasy spin: Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill

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By William Del Pilar

This pick was not made purely on Ryan Tannehill’s talent as much as the fact that his former Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman is the Dolphins' offensive coordinator. The team has put its future in Sherman’s belief Tannehill is a legitimate NFL quarterback.

Tannehill switched from receiver to quarterback and played the position for two years but he arrived in college as a dual-threat quarterback. He does understand the position, he just needs experience now. The Dolphins also can develop his mechanics instead of having to fix bad habits, and playing in a pro-style offense in college will help ease his NFL transition.

The West Coast offense is difficult, as it’s based on timing and reads, but he’s smart, protects the football, can take a hit and has a strong arm. Despite that, he’s still not a quarterback for fantasy owners to draft outside dynasty leagues.

As a top-10 pick, he could be pressured into starting too soon but look for a training-camp battle between Matt Moore and David Garrard to buy Tannehill time. Even if the rookie does start at some point this season, there are more than a dozen better fantasy backup QBs. 

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