The Philadelphia Eagles are widely considered to be in a win now mode. That’s what makes Adam Scheftner’s report that the Eagles will be flying to Texas for a private workout with Ryan Tannehill so conflicting. Not only would drafting a quarterback with only 19 starts at the position in his entire career conflict with a win now mentality, but Tannehill is a lock for the top-10, with a possibility of going #4 overall on April 26th. Therefore the Eagles would have to trade up from their 15th pick, and would ultimately probably have to give up their first round pick in 2013. Nothing in this report aligns with a win now mentality.
Drafting a QB in the first round, especially if the Eagles traded up for him, would makes this much less of a win now year. With that said, that doesn’t mean they can’t win in 2012, but it would take Andy Reid off the hot seat if they did poorly. If Reid did trade up for Tannehill, effectively extending his tenure in Philadelphia, it would likely draw the perception of Reid searching for job security.
On the flip side, Tannehill has a huge upside, and the last time Reid drafted a QB in the first round – Donovan McNabb – it worked out very well. He is very athletic, as shown by his 4.62 forty time at his pro day. This would have been 3rd to RGIII and Andrew Luck at the combine. In his limited tape, his pocket awareness is way above par, especially with as little experience as his. He throws a tight and accurate spiral. His intangible are clearly there.
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