Baring a trade into the top of April's draft, it's highly unlikely the Miami Dolphins will be in position to select either of the consensus top two quarterbacks available -- Stanford's Andrew Luck or Baylor's Robert Griffin III.
Many anticipate Miami will make a run at Matt Flynn in free agency, given his relationship with former Packers coordinator and new Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin. But given new offensive coordinator Mike Sherman's high opinion of another quarterback in the draft -- Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill -- perhaps the team might be looking to draft a signal-caller in the first round, after all.
"Like all good quarterbacks he had great poise. Very confident in any system, west coast or not," Sherman told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel about Tannehill, who threw for 3,744 yards with 29 touchdowns and 15 interceptions during his senior season. "Any quarterback has to be confident in his own skin and believe in himself. They always say a great quarterback makes those around him better. I thought (Brett) Favre did that. I think Aaron Rodgers does that. I think Tannehill does that as well."
It's natural that Sherman would tout Tannehill's abilities. Sherman coached Tannehill at Texas A&M during the quarterback's transition from wide receiver, where he caught 112 passes for 1,596 yards and 10 touchdowns before changing positions during his junior season.
Tannehill is now rated by many draft experts as the third best quarterback in the draft. NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock listed Tannehill at No. 3 in his pre-combine quarterback rankings.