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Four Teams interested in trading up for Texas A&M Quarterback Ryan Tannehill in the 2012 NFL Draft

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Published on Apr 15, 2012

Now more than ever before the NFL is a quarterback driven league, and for teams which don't have one their prospects of winning are severely compromised. With the 2012 NFL Draft less than two weeks away and with Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III firmly entrenched as the first two picks in this draft, Ryan Tannehill has instantly become the most coveted prize, for all of the quarterback starved teams who will miss out on the cream of the crop.
NFL.com's draft guru Gil Brandt spoke Saturday of the growing interest in Tannehill. Brandt confirmed Tannehill will meet with the Cleveland Browns on Sunday into Monday before departing for a Tuesday visit with the Buffalo Bills.
Looking toward the draft, Brandt doesn't see Tannehill slipping past Miami at No. 8, and accepts a popular theory about the Dolphins possibly trading up to grab him. Another team in the mix, the Philadelphia Eagles, worked out Tannehill in College Station, Texas, on the heels of his March 29 pro day. Brandt doesn't see a smokescreen here. Andy Reid and Co. is an interested party.
Meanwhile, Cleveland remains a genuine possibility at No. 4.
"They believe that if they put enough good people around Colt McCoy, that he can do it," Brandt said. "And I think the same, but there are several thoughts here. It's very seldom you get the opportunity to select a franchise quarterback. With that said, I think you have to go out and get a guy if you can."
Brandt talks about his days as general manager of the Dallas Cowboys, when the team housed starter Don Meredith but drafted Craig Morton with the fifth overall pick in 1965. His second example: Despite the presence of Joe Montana, the 49ers didn't shy away from trading for Steve Young in 1987.
Brandt closed by saying, "I see too much upside in (Tannehill)."
Here from the horse's mouth directly as Tannehill discusses the peaks and valleys of his collegiate career and his ongoing draft journey in 2012, receive some insight from NFL Network's and former NFL front-office executive Michael Lombardi who shares his thoughts on Tannehill's celling as a prospect and whether he thinks he'll be a success at the next level, also find out why the Miami Dolphins are expected to be active in their pursuit of Tannehill from Yahoo Sports NFL writers Jason Cole and Michael Silver, and finally don't miss my take on Tannehill's future in the NFL. It's all in the Monday edition of the McShan Sports Beat Report.

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