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GM: Dolphins won't be "pressured" to take Ryan Tannehill

By Derek Harper | The Sports Xchange/
Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said he has a "pretty good idea" of what he wants with the No. 8 overall pick on April 26, but he won't break from the team's draft plan just to land Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

"There are times you should go after a first-round QB, but you shouldn't be pressured into it," said Ireland.

Miami missed out on Peyton Manning, Matt Flynn and Alex Smith in free agency, settling on David Garrard to compete with Matt Moore for now.

Coincidentally, Tannehill is the No. 8 rated overall prospect in the 2012 class by

"He's a great kid," said Ireland. "He's smart, tough, has a good family background."

While's Rob Rang projects Tannehill to go No. 4 to Cleveland, fellow analyst Dane Brugler has him landing with Miami in his latest Mock Draft. While Ireland said "anything is possible" when asked if Miami might trade up for the No. 8 spot, he didn't indicate whether it would be Tannehill or another prospect who might prompt such a move.

Tannehill has been one of the fastest rising prospects through the pre-draft process, but Ireland said the Dolphins' board hasn't changed dramatically.

"A player's stock doesn't change too much after the season's over," said Ireland. "Very few change drastically."

He added that a team hitting on 55 percent of its picks is a good bench mark for success in a draft, and that second-, third- and fourth-rounders "need to become starters or significant role players."

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