DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins have finally used a first-round pick on a quarterback, taking Texas A&M’s Ryan Tannehill with the eighth choice in the NFL draft.
Tannehill became the first QB selected in the opening round by the Dolphins since 1983, when they drafted Dan Marino.
Tannehill might have been a reach at No. 8. He started just 19 games in college after switching from receiver to quarterback, and last year he went only 1-4 against Top 25 teams.
But Dolphins fans were clamoring for a quarterback, and owner Stephen Ross said upgrading the position was the team’s top priority.
Since Marino retired following the 1999 season, the Dolphins have started 16 quarterbacks, the most in the NFL. The incumbent is veteran Matt Moore.