There’s no doubt that Ryan Tannehill is the most talked about, most debated and most puzzling prospect heading into the last week or two before the 2012 NFL Draft. The Texas A&M quarterback has gone from being a second-round prospect to now potentially landing at No. 3 in the entire draft, and many teams are kicking the tires on Tannehill’s potential. The Browns, Chiefs, Dolphins and Seahawks are among those who have been linked in one way or another.
Rob Rang of CBS Sports says that the Chiefs in particular should be a team to watch when it comes to potential trades up in the first round from their initial selection at No. 11. In doing so, he also says something quite interesting about the reason:
Those Bill Polian thoughts that Kansas City was very much in the Ryan Tannehill Hunt? That’s more than smoke, and perhaps even a crackling inferno, even as GM Scott Pioli calls trading up “irresponsible.” Tannehill had a visit and private workout with the Chiefs who have less-than-entrenched starter Matt Cassel under contract. Given the scouting moshpit around Texas A&M’s strong-armed, athletic passer in recent weeks, it’s no surprise to see Pioli and Kansas City taking a strong look.
Is Scott Pioli really on the hot seat in Kansas City? Yes, it’s a team that just fired its head coach, so that typically means the next to go is the general manager. However, Clark Hunt and Pioli have seemed on the same page from the outset — even through the drama that the team endured last in the 2011 season and through the playoffs.
In addition, it’s hard to argue the fact that the Chiefs are a much better team than when Scott Pioli first took over. The roster is loaded with young impact players, especially on the defensive end, and the Chiefs just landed an impressive free agent class due to the current regime’s ability to talk Eric Winston, for example, into staying here above all other potential destinations. Thus, it’s hard to imagine Pioli going anywhere no matter what happens to the team in 2012.
The bottom line is that while Rang’s prediction that the Chiefs could move up might be correct in the end, it will not be for the reasons that he states. It will be only that the Chiefs wanted Tannehill and nothing more. If they believe in the player and they can get him, they will take him. Any notion of a hot seat or trigger finger is unfounded and simply wrong.