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2012 NFL Draft: Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross Not Pushing For Ryan Tannehill, According To Report

The Miami Dolphins need a franchise quarterback to ignite their fan base, and they hold the No. 8 overall pick in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft, right around where Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill is projected to be drafted. Do you see what I am getting at here? A report came out recently that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is pushing for Tannehill, but Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald isn't so sure.

I can totally see Ross giving his opinion on players. He has done it in the past. My source, meanwhile, tells me Ross has not had any conversation with Jeff Ireland telling him which player to pick and that conversation will not happen, either.

Secondly, it's simply wrong to suggest the Dolphins drafting Tannehill will improve ticket sales in 2012. It will definitely not do so during the current period. It probably won't do so in training camp, either because everyone, including fans, know Tannehill is probably not going to start for Miami in 2012 even if he gets drafted -- at least not coming out of the gate.

We'll never really know for sure if the Dolphins' owner is pushing for Tannehill because if the Dolphins do elect to go with the young signal caller, we'll never hear that the owner strong armed the GM into making that decision. But Tannehill wouldn't be a bad fit for the Dolphins and it wouldn't surprise me if he was draft there.

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