Ryan Tannehill is perhaps the most polarizing player in the 2012 NFL Draft class. Some mocks have the Texas A&M quarterback immediately following Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III at the top of the draft in the top five overall, perhaps a target for a trade up on the part of the Dolphins, Seahawks or Chiefs. Others say his value doesn't warrant such a high selection. Consider ESPN's Mel Kiper in the latter class. The analyst recently placed Tannehill on his list of overrated players headed into the draft weekend.
Kiper writes, "I love Tannehill's upside, and I think he has a great shot to be a good starter, but the market on him has gotten a little out of hand in some respects. Remember, if Matt Barkley, Landry Jones and perhaps Tyler Wilson were in this draft, we're talking about a likelier bet for late-first or second round for Tannehill. Again, he can be a good one, but a lot of it is projecting, because while his physical abilities are so impressive there is much work to be done."
The Chiefs have been linked to Tannehill if he falls, considering the team came out publicly stating they wanted to increase competition at the quarterback position this offseason. Tannehill earns high marks from some and the Chiefs have already held a private workout with the quarterback. It's impossible to tell, however, just what the team thinks of him at this time.
If any player has the potential to be taken extremely high or drop like Jimmy Clausen in this draft, it's definitely Tannehill. It's also likely to be one of the top storylines of draft weekend.