With the 22nd pick of Pride of Detroit's 2012 NFL mock draft, the Cleveland Browns select Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Bighaircut is serving as the Browns' general manager, and his reasoning for the pick is below.
I'll be the first to admit that I don't know much about Tannehill. I'm always skeptical about QBs "rising" in ranks near draft time because they always seem to be overvalued. Just like Blaine Gabbert last year, I think Tannehill is overvalued just because he's the next best QB on the board. Andrew Luck and RG3 are going to be gone, and the next best option other than Tannehill is ... who? Kirk Cousins? Brandon Weeden, the 29-year-old rookie? So Tannehill gets the nod.
Tannehill certainly looks the part of an NFL QB. He's 6'4", 221 pounds and ran a 4.61 40 at the combine. He used to play WR in high school and some in college, so he can make plays on the run. However, he only started a total of 18 games in college. He played outstanding against lesser opponents but also threw 3 INTs against top schools such as Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Texas. He's a raw prospect, but the Browns seem hell bent on giving Colt McCoy another year as the starting quarterback. Tannehill doesn't have to start right away, and that is good news for the Browns. The Browns need offense in the worst way, and teaming Blackmon up with Tannehill could be lethal in the long run.
Check out the 2012 Pride of Detroit Community Mock Draft tracker for a look at all of the picks.