There's no doubt who Stewart Mandel believes is the 2012 NFL Draft's most overrated player: Ryan Tannehill. He leads out his column on the draft's most inflated stocks with the Texas A&M quarterback and he echoes the sentiments of many sportswriters around the league. While Tannehill might turn out just fine, there's also the chance that he won't become a franchise quarterback. However, he's likely to be taken high enough for anything less than that outcome to be a disappointment. Mandel writes:
I don't mean to pile on the Aggies quarterback, but Top 10? Really? I'm not sure Tannehill was even one of the top five quarterbacks in the Big 12 last year (coming in behind RG3, Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma's Landry Jones, Kansas State's Collin Klein and Missouri's James Franklin). Nationally, Tannehill ranked 55th in pass efficiency, one spot below Notre Dame's Tommy Rees, a guy who probably won't even keep his starting job this fall. Tannehill is admittedly raw, having only taken over the starting role midway through his junior season. He's certainly athletic, having caught 12 passes for 210 yards against Kansas State as a freshman receiver. Maybe he could develop into an elite passer with the right coach; unfortunately, he's expected to go eighth overall to the Dolphins, where his offensive coordinator will be ... his college coach, Mike Sherman.
The Chiefs are a possible destination for Tannehill considering that he reportedly visited Kansas City and they also conducted a personal workout with him. The team said that they wanted to upgrade the position, so it's a possibility the team could take him at No. 11. However the Dolphins are definitely the favorites to grab him at No. 8.
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