As Tannehill’s stock rises, Jaguars would like to trade down

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After the Rams got a king’s ransom from the Redskins for the right to draft Robert Griffin III, the Jaguars want the rest of the league to know that they’re open to trading their own first-round pick to any team interested in Texas A&M’s Ryan Tannehill.

Jaguars G.M. Gene Smith said today that the potential interest in Tannehill could lead to a trade at No. 7, according to John Oehser of Jaguars.com.

However, teams that are interested in Tannehill may have to trade up higher than No. 7 to get him. As Peter King noted today, drafting Tannehill may require trading all the way up into the Top 4.

In fact, if it becomes apparent that the Browns are interested in drafting Tannehill at No. 4 overall, it’s even conceivable that some team could trade all the way up to No. 3 to take him before Cleveland can. With Andrew Luck surely going first overall to the Colts and Griffin surely going second to the Redskins, trading up to No. 3 would be the only way for a team that loves all three of the top quarterbacks in the draft to ensure it can select Tannehill.

Forget about the Jaguars at No. 7. The team that has to love the talk about Tannehill’s stock rising is Minnesota, which is now in the driver’s seat in the first round.

It may turn out in six weeks that NFL teams don’t covet Tannehill quite that much, and he’ll still be available several picks into the first round of the draft. But if the Dolphins were counting on a fallback plan at quarterback of drafting Tannehill with the eighth overall pick, then they’d better make sure they sign Peyton Manning or Matt Flynn.

49 responses to “As Tannehill’s stock rises, Jaguars would like to trade down

  1. I want Tannehill in Pittsburgh. Too unrealistic for me, but I would love to see him in the black and gold.

  2. Everyone needs to simmer down a bit. This guy is not getting drafted in the first round.

  3. The Bucs should be looking to do the same, especially if they can trade down to a team with 2 first rounders this year. CBs picked in the top 10 have a very iffy track record, thus Claiborne is not as safe as many think. Instead, trade down and see if we can’t get something like Kirkpatrick plus a LB or a RB like Martin who otherwise might not make it past the late 1st.

  4. After watching several A&M games this year, I’m very surprised and still have my doubts teams would want Tannehill THAT bad.

  5. Ridiculous.

    How did this guy get that far up the draft board?

    This guy isn’t even on some analysts Top 25 list!

    I know you need a franchise QB, but this is absurd.

  6. Just like with Gabbert last year, teams are inflating Tannehill’s stock in the hopes a good player will fall or they can trade down. Big time smokescreening going on here. This guy is definitely not a top 10 player in the draft. The only franchise QBs in the draft are accounted for at 1 and 2.

  7. If Tannehill is available at 12 overall, and Seattle still hasn’t signed anyone, I wouldn’t mind seeing him in blue.

    If anyone wants us to give up our 2013 #1 for the “privilege” of getting him before that, no thank you.

  8. Teams interested in a good, young QB should bring Flynn in.

    He’ll be better than all the QB’s drafted this year except Luck and possibly Griffin.

  9. Wow. I hope this is all smoke. Would anyone really want to trade up to get a guy who consistently made bad decisions and snatched defeat from the jaws of victory time after time? Well, I suppose someone would. Don’t have to worry about the Packers doing it anyway.

  10. Tannehill’s agent is a genius, as he is obviously paying off media pundits as Tannehill is a 4th round QB IMHO. Let’s see:

    1) He was such a promising young QB, that the coaches moved him to wide receiver for a bulk of his career at A&M.

    2) His success (or lack thereof) led to his head coach being fired (Sherman).

    3) He’s injured.

    4) He’s raw and looks to run first and pass second.

    Teams will never learn from Gabbert, Ponder, etc., etc. This guy is a poor man’s Stephen McGee, and we all know how well that worked out for Dallas. A sucker is born every day.

  11. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says: Mar 15, 2012 4:27 PM

    After watching several A&M games this year, I’m very surprised and still have my doubts teams would want Tannehill THAT bad.

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    What games were you watching? The games where the defense couldn’t stop a nose bleed. You’re obviously a hater. This guy is far and away better than Gabbert and his athleticism is just a notch under RGIII. I’m not saying the same level, but this guy will surprise in the NFL.

  12. This is total crap. And keep it coming.

    If people keep hyping up every primate that has ever thrown a football for this draft, then Justin Blackmon AND Matt Kalil will be there for the Panthers at #9. Keep up the hype, y’all!!!!!!

  13. @txbearmeat-I think the Kevin Kolb factor is hurting Flynn. We’ve seen too little of him for anyone to give him a huge salary, and declare him the starter.

    Considering Miami hasn’t reached out to him, with Philbin there that’s probably a red flag for other teams.

  14. That would be great if someone is acutally willing to trade up to #3 for this guy. A) It would keep the “brain trust” in Cleveland from drafting him. B) The Browns could have the two best tackles in the NFL or trade down if someone wanted Kahil. Otherwise, the Fatman in Cleveland is going to have himself a new signal caller.

  15. I mean, really.

    All these people on here saying that signing Matt Flynn, who had two outstanding starts for GB and won a BCS Title in college is a bad risk because of the small sample size of his experience.

    But it’s OK to use a top 5 pick on a guy who is a converted WR who wasn’t even very successful in college.

    Ryan Tannehill is a second round talent that was projected to sneak into the top 20 because of the dearth of QBs.

    Now he is top 5? Good lord, these GMs can talk themselves into anything.

  16. At first, I thought “no way” as well. But then I started thinking. Knowing that Luck and RGIII are as good as gone, that makes Tannehill the #1 QB available in the 2012 draft. And as has been said many times before, if your team needs a QB, what price wouldn’t you pay to get one? Swap #1’s with the Vikings and give the Vikings your #2 or #3? It’s either that or wait until round 2 or 3 and “hope” you get your QB of the future? Too many teams, too little QB’s available.

  17. Cleveland wants him, so not only do you have to get to 4, you have to convince Cleveland to move out. Not likely at all.

    What does that mean? Trading into 3 with Minnesota, who is undoubtedly drooling over Kalil, another unlikely trade partner.

    Bottom line, Jags only trade partner will be someone moving up for a different player not named Tannehill.

  18. The reason teams were unwilling to take a chance on a highly drafted rookie QB in the first round, used to be because of the ridiculous pay they commanded. Basically, you were stuck starting the guy no matter what simply ecause of his cap number.

    With the rookie cap, it makes a lot more sense for teams to go get the guy they want rather than hope he’ll be there in round 2. Draft “experts” have been ridiculously slow in adjusting their rankings with this fact in mind, which misleads fans into thinking certain players will be available at such-and-such a point. That old logic no longer applies.

    My guess is that a team is going to like his athleticism, and take a shot on him in round 1. The question really is, how high in round 1?

  19. Tannehill is a better athlete than Griffin for the position. Griffin just runs fast in a straight line. He dodged the agility drills at the combine because he couldn’t master them in training. Which brings into question his lateral agility and his smarts. I think Tannehill is ahead in both departments. Ryan doesn’t have a lot of experience as a passer, but did well with what he had. I think he has the same chance to succeed, and doesn’t come with the overinflated ego that Gruesome the Third brings.

  20. Last game of the year vs. UT. Texas STILL hadn’t found a starting QB all year. And Tannehill couldn’t win that game…AT HOME! You’re going to stake your job and reputation to the assumptions that he can lead an NFL team for the next decade? Good luck with that.

  21. Lost in this whole Manning/Flynn mess is Matt Moore. He played pretty damn well last year. Better than 2 other QB’s in the AFC East. Sanchez and Fitzpatrick both had subpar seasons. Get Moore a couple of weapons on the outside and upgrade the O-line and see what he can do.

  22. Nevis says:
    Mar 15, 2012 5:25 PM
    Cleveland wants him, so not only do you have to get to 4, you have to convince Cleveland to move out. Not likely at all.
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    If Cleveland takes Tannehill @ #4 over whichever player is left out of Blackmon or Khalil, Browns fans should march on team headquarters with torches and pitch forks.

  23. babyhorsemorgan says:
    Mar 15, 2012 5:29 PM
    Tannehill is a better athlete than Griffin for the position. Griffin just runs fast in a straight line. . I think Tannehill is ahead in both departments. Ryan doesn’t have a lot of experience as a passer, but did well with what he had. I think he has the same chance to succeed, and doesn’t come with the overinflated ego that Gruesome the Third brings.
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    Big 12 Qb rating:
    RGIII: 189 (first in conference)
    Tannehill: 133 (sixth in conference)

    Big 12 completion percentage:
    RGIII: 72.4% (first)
    Tannehill: 61.6% (sixth)

    TD/Int ratio:
    RGIII: 37td/6int
    Tannehill: 29td/15int

    So, umm.. what were you saying again?

  24. If Browns draft him at four they will be drafting in the top five again next year. Media convinces teams these Qbs are worth way too much. Example Vince Young, Matt Leinart. Kevin Kolb.

  25. Anyone who drafts Tannehill in the top 10 is stupid, just look at Blaine Gabbert, who should have been a second rounder.

  26. I am a huge Aggie fan, but I just don’t get this at all. Are teams so desperate that they are going to reach that high up in the first round for this guy?

    It would make much more sense to either trade the pick away for all you can get, or draft best player available, even if it is at a position that a team doesn’t necessarily need.

  27. I never knew actually NFL scouts wrote comments on this site. Keep ’em coming. Hilarious.

  28. Tell you what Cleveland, we’ll swap the 3rd for your 4th and your 2nd round pick to make sure you get the next best quarterback available. We’ll still get Kalil and also get another high 2nd round pick.

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