2012 NFL Draft: Miami Dolphins Give in to Pressure, Select Ryan Tannehill No. 8

Derek EstesCorrespondent IApril 26, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26:  Ryan Tannehill from Texas A&M holds up a jersey as he stands on stage with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after he was selected #8 overall by the Miami Dolphins in the first round of during the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 26, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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With the frenzy of first-round trades in this year's NFL draft, it makes little sense why the Miami Dolphins couldn't get in on the action.

With no other team in the market for a quarterback approaching in the draft, the Miami Dolphins go ahead and pull the trigger on Ryan Tannehill, drafting the Texas A&M quarterback with the eighth-overall pick.

The Dolphins drafting Tannehill seemed a foregone conclusion for the last few months. After missing out on Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn, the court of public opinion practically made this pick for the Dolphins.

But for all the potential Tannehill brings to Miami and all the need the Dolphins have for a franchise quarterback, the eighth pick is one of the biggest reaches of the 2012 draft's first round.

The Cleveland Browns sitting at the 22nd pick overall was the closest threat for drafting a quarterback. With a ridiculous number of trades so far this year, Miami should have had little problem finding a trade partner to move down and pick up an additional fourth-round pick.

Trading out of the top 10 would have saved the Dolphins a good amount of money as well. While rookie contracts for first-round picks aren't as ridiculous with the new collective bargaining agreement, saved money is saved money.

And Miami could use a number of additions to its team. More than anything else, Tannehill lacks quality receivers for their offense. Plenty of options should be available on Day 2, but they need more than one wideout if they expect Tannehill to have success in the vertical game.

It isn't that Tannehill is a bad pick or doesn't belong in Miami. The Dolphins can spend 2012 starting Matt Moore and let Tannehill adjust to the pro game without taking the lumps associated with playing as a rookie. Moore did well enough to make the Dolphins competitive the second half of the season.

But Miami should have been more shrewd in its draft strategy. Instead, it jumped the gun rather than risk missing on Tannehill and invoking the ire of its fanbase.