2018 NFL Draft

Irsay: Want Tannehill? Better call Zygi

Irsay: Want Tannehill? Better call Zygi

By Jeff Reynolds | NFLDraftScout.com

Colts owner Jim Irsay clearly doesn't mind the spotlight, and he used his popular Twitter feed to reveal his belief that Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill deserves more attention than he's getting from draft pundits.

Tannehill, rated the third-best quarterback in the draft behind Andrew Luck of Stanford and Baylor's Robert Griffin III according to NFLDraftScout.com, isn't far behind those top prospects in Irsay's view.

"Tannehill is a hidden gem in this draft,a quiet secret who was always sneaking up to #3..you want him,you better talk to Zigi The Biggie!," Irsay wrote on Twitter, referring to Vikings owner Zygi Wilf.

The Vikings have the third pick in the first round, to be held April 26, but don't have a need at quarterback. Minnesota drafted Christian Ponder 12th overall in 2011 and general manager Rick Spielman said last week he's interested in dealing the No. 3 pick to collect additional draft choices.

Former Colts general manager and vice chairman Bill Polian, in a column written for ESPN.com this week, agreed with Irsay and strongly suggested the Miami Dolphins trade up from No. 8 to draft Tannehill with the third overall pick.

That would be necessary, Polian opines, to keep Tannehill from landing with the Cleveland Browns. Cleveland has the fourth pick behind Minnesota and the Browns have the stated intention of adding a quarterback to compete with Colt McCoy.

Tannehill played for Mike Sherman, now offensive coordinator of the Dolphins, at Texas A&M. Sherman was fired at the end of the 2011 season.

Polian agrees with speculation that the Kansas City Chiefs, who've shown interest in other quarterbacks this offseason -- they attempted to lure Peyton Manning and had interviews with Griffin -- would strongly consider Tannehill should he drop past the Browns.

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