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2015 NFL DRAFT

Tannehill making the rounds: KC, CLE, BUF

By Jeff Reynolds | NFLDraftScout.com
Those Bill Polian thoughts that Kansas City was very much in the Ryan Tannehill Hunt? That's more than smoke, and perhaps even a crackling inferno, even as GM Scott Pioli calls trading up "irresponsible."

Tannehill had a visit and private workout with the Chiefs who have less-than-entrenched starter Matt Cassel under contract. Given the scouting moshpit around Texas A&M's strong-armed, athletic passer in recent weeks, it's no surprise to see Pioli and Kansas City taking a strong look.

As Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star explained, years of passing on passers is what puts the franchise in a position of need. They've had chances at Mark Sanchez, Joe Flacco (two chances, in fact) and Josh Freeman and come away with modest linemen -- DT Glenn Dorsey, OL Branden Albert and DL Tyson Jackson.

Snagging Tannehill at 11 would make sense. Having him on the board at that stage is sounding less and less likely.

The Bills, who have the 10th overall pick, are holding to their approach last season, when QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was forewarned by coach Chan Gailey that the team would invest in another quarterback if the right one was available. Gailey covets mobile quarterbacks and naturally are taking a hard look at Tannehill this weekend (he's scheduled to visit after meeting with the Browns).

The swell of interest puts the Chiefs, who haven't drafted a quarterback in the first round since Todd Blackledge in 1983, Dolphins (eighth overall) and Browns in a pickle: To get the third-best quarterback in a top-heavy class, do they reach for a potential -- but flawed -- solid starter or hold the line with their current, albeit average, options?

It's a matter of perspective and sets up as a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" quandary.

Pioli's seat is warm in K.C., and the Dolphins' regime cannot afford another swing-and-miss in the first round. With two first-round picks, the Browns are in the best position to draft Tannehill or benefit from a team like the Chiefs getting an itchy trigger finger and overpaying for the unproven Aggie.

This might set up as Mike Holmgren's ideal scenario -- well, only now that they missed out on RG3 but did gain years of agonizing over the so-close swap with St. Louis that puts Griffin in Washington -- but would be an on-the-clock deal after teams see the dust settle at No. 3. The Vikings are praying a team offers the farm for their pick, openly advertising that they are open to all offers.

If no team moves mountains for Minnesota's pick, the Browns should deal out themselves and instead fill other needs at 4 (or by trading back to 8 or 11 with Miami or KC) and 21. The logical approach for a team this far away from contention is to snag NFL-ready Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden -- who can boast wins over Tannehill, RG3 and Luck last season -- at the top of the second round.


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