A&M QB Tannehill at 6: reasonable or desperate?

A&M QB Tannehill at 6: reasonable or desperate?
January 27, 2012, 7:53 pm
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The point of posting results from one mock draft after another is in part to familiarize Redskins fans with the names of potential players who could be in the mix with the sixth overall pick. In addition, to show how the rest of the football world views the Redskins situation. Clearly, Sports Illustrated's Don Banks senses the anxious vibe in this town, the feeling of pure desperation"when it comes to landing a quarterback.No, in his first mock draft of the 2012 draft season, Banks does not have the Redskins trading up for Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III. He is not projecting a Matt Flynn free agent signing as part of his analysis. Instead, he has the Redskins reaching for Texas A&M passer Ryan Tannehill, currently sidelined with a broken foot and thus unable to participate in the Senior Bowl. Even Banks admits this selection is mostly about the Redskins desire for a QB upgrade"So let's keep in mind that this is our first mock of the year, not our seventh, which runs the day before the draft. I'm aware that Tannehill's broken foot makes him a giant question mark at this point, and could possibly knock him out of the first round," Banks said. "But there's a quarterback every year who gets pushed up the board in the pre-draft scouting process (see Ponder, Christian in 2011), and my early read is that Tannehill is the most likely candidate. Washington's desperation at quarterback is obvious, and no Matt Barkley or Landry Jones means the Redskins might have to roll the dice on the ex-Aggie."Many draftniks agree that a healthy Tannehill projects as the No. 3 quarterback in this draft class (though Mel Kiper slots Tannehill fourth behind Arizona's Nick Foles), but slotting him at No. 6, let alone the top 10, 15 or even the first round is another story.Another SI.com draft writer Tony Pauline suggests that some love Tannehill enough to imagine him as a top 15 pick and NFLDraftScout.coms Dane Brugler has the A&M passer headed to the Seahawks with the 12th overall selection. However, neither Kiper, NFL.coms Steve Wyche or Bruglers colleague Rob Rang even have Tannehill mocked into the first round. Opinions certainly can and do vary, especially more than two months before late Aprils draft, not to mention player forecasts. I recall last year at this time defensive linemen Nick Fairley and DaQuan Bowers were cemented as top 3 picks before slip sliding down boards while, as Banks notes, Ponder went from first round long shot to the Vikings pick at No. 15.Many fans insist the Redskins must address the quarterback position regardless, but only the overly distressed would suggest overreaching. Right now sticking the Redskins with a QB at six and it not being because they were somehow Luck-y to get RGIII reeks of just that.