Citing a league source, Florio reported on Sunday night that owner Stephen Ross is “pushing hardest” in the Dolphins’ building for the team to draft Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill with the No. 8 overall pick. Florio’s story was quickly disputed by the Miami Herald.
A day later, SI.com’s Peter King confirmed in his Monday Morning Quarterback column that Ross indeed wants Tannehill.
Fanning the flame on Wednesday was Adam Schefter of ESPN, who appeared on Mike & Mike in the Morning and re-re-confirmed that Ross wants the Dolphins to draft Tannehill.
“I have heard — as has been reported — that the owner does want the quarterback,” Schefter said. “… It will be interesting to see how this plays out, if Stephen Ross does in fact get what he wants and exerts his will and says ‘we want this guy.’”
The Dolphins aren’t saying it publicly, and no one will actually know what’s going to happen until Thursday night’s first round of the draft.
But based on reports from some of the heaviest hitters in the NFL-reporting business, we’d feel comfortable saying that Tannehill is, in fact, the Dolphins owner’s preferred draft pick.