The Miami Dolphins will probably select Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill with the eighth overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft. Even though there is some internal strife regarding the decision, that appears to be the most likely outcome. After weeks of debating the merits versus risks of this selection, it’s probably safe to move on.
Tannehill is a huge risk – we all know this. Either he’ll work out and the Dolphins will finally get their franchise quarterback, or he won’t and they won’t.
What’s more intriguing is what happens after that eighth pick. The Carolina Panthers are in the market for a defensive tackle – but which one will they select? Fletcher Cox’s stock has been rising for weeks now, but Dontari Poe’s monstrous Combine showing is still fresh in everyone’s minds.
The Buffalo Bills made quite the splash this summer by bringing in Mario Williams, but what does that mean for their drafting strategy? Will they use their pick on another beast for that side of the ball to give Williams a helping hand, or will they add someone who will make life a little easier for their high-priced quarterback? What direction do the Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles go in? Will the Arizona Cardinals finally get Kevin Kolb some legitimate offensive line help?
In terms of player specific storylines: as previously mentioned, Cox and Poe are watching their draft stocks go in different directions these days, who will land where? Everyone loves Luke Kuechly, but does anyone love him enough to spend a top 10 pick on him? Either Quinton Coples or Melvin Ingram may go in the top seven – what happens to the other one? Who goes first out of Jonathan Martin and David DeCastro?
Well analyze all that and more in our projections for picks Nos. 8-15.
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