Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland is hesitant to take a quarterback in the draft that has less than 30 starts at the collegiate level. However, that’s exactly what they did with Ryan Tannehill last April.
“I think the axiom that you go by in scouting is you like to see a quarterback with 30 starts under his belt before he’s ready to play, and we kind of violated that, our principle,” Ireland said on 940 WINZ in Miami on Monday, via Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post.
The Dolphins selected Tannehill with the eighth overall pick and he earned the starting job over Matt Moore and David Garrard. Tannehill started all 16 games for Miami and threw for 3,294 yards with 12 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in his rookie season. Ireland said Tannehill’s skill-set, his relationship with offensive coordinator Mike Sherman at Texas A&M and several other “positive external factors” led the Dolphins to go against their own principles to take him in the top 10.
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