The Dolphins used the 8th overall pick on Ryan Tannehill in the 2012 NFL Draft, but don’t expect him to be out there week 1. According to the Palm Beach Post, Tannehill is not in the running to be the week 1 starter, while the Miami Herald reports that the speed of the game has been trouble early for Tannehill in practice.
This makes sense as Tannehill was widely considered a project in this past draft, but the desperate Dolphins took a chance on his immense upside at #8 overall anyway. Tannehill started just 19 games at the collegiate level so it makes sense that the transition to the NFL and the speed of the NFL game is going to take some time for Tannehill.
Meanwhile, the Miami Herald says it’s neck and neck between Matt Moore and David Garrard for the week 1 job. Neither of those guys are elite quarterbacks or anything, but Moore went 6-6 with the Dolphins last year, while Garrard is an experienced veteran who had decent numbers and winning percentages with minimal supporting cast in Jacksonville.
The Dolphins have a strong defense and a decent overall supporting cast. They won 6 games last year, went 6-3 in their final 9 with Moore, and actually had a positive points differential that suggested that should have won 8 or 9 games last year. They might not be a playoff contender, but they could surprise some people who expect them to be cellar dwellers this year. Moore or Garrard will start until they struggle so we might not see Tannehill very much this year, similar to the situation in Tennessee last year with Matt Hasselbeck and another raw 8th overall pick Jake Locker.