Analyzing the secondary QB market
How Ryan Tannehill and the "second-tier" QBs fit in the 2012 NFL draft
- AP PhotoWhat are the likely landing spots for QBs Ryan Tannehill, Brandon Weeden and Brock Osweiler?
It's a given that Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III will be first two picks in this draft. And Ryan Tannehill could go in the top eight (likely to the Miami Dolphins), even though some people think that he is being overvalued. That leaves us with a very intriguing group of teams in the mid- to late-first round -- and second round -- that are in need of a quarterback. I won't break down the quarterbacks here, as my colleague Trent Dilfer did just that a couple weeks ago.
If the Browns surprised everybody and went QB at No. 4, they would take Tannehill. But the reality is that with picks Nos. 22, 37 and 67 they have a good chance to get one of the second-tier QBs later -- if they don't believe in Colt McCoy. Kirk Cousins would fit Brad Childress' West Coast offense well and they might be able to get him at No. 67. The question is: How much of an upgrade would he be over McCoy? Would he solidify the position, but not necessarily improve it? Foles could be an interesting guy because he may be a little more NFL-ready, plus he could grasp the offense fairly quickly. However, the Browns would likely have to use their second-round pick to get him. Cleveland could take Weeden at No. 22, as he would potentially be a good fit in this scheme, but it's more likely that they would look to take him at No. 37.
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