The Miami Dolphins finally selected a quarterback in the first round of the NFL Draft for the first time since 1983 (Dan Marino), taking Texas A&M’s Ryan Tannehill with the eighth overall pick.
As Commissioner Roger Goodell walked up to the podium at Radio City Music Hall and announced the selection last night, more than 20 members of DolfansNYC were captured by television cameras, cheering and chanting from the stands.
Check out the video below from NFL.com to see us singing the Dolphins fight song and showing our support for the aqua and orange in New York around the one-minute mark.
While Tannehill comes with a lot of questions marks â€“ he incredibly started more games at wide receiver in college (30) than quarterback (20) and passed for 5,450 yards with 42 touchdowns and 21 interceptions â€“ he also played under Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman for four years and has the size, arm strength and athleticism to become the franchise QB the team has long desired.
Asked about theÂ inescapableÂ Marino comparison, Tannehill called it â€œhumblingâ€ and said heâ€™s looking forward to getting some tips from the Hall-of-Famer.
â€œHeâ€™s a legend and was a great quarterback for the Miami Dolphins franchise, and Iâ€™m excited to hopefully reach out to him and learn from him,â€ he said. â€œI donâ€™t think Iâ€™m trying to fill his shoes â€“ Iâ€™m my own player and I have a lot to learn and Iâ€™m excited to get started.â€
Weâ€™ll have plenty more thoughts and analysis down the line, including whether Tannehill should be the opening day starter over Matt Moore, but for now, letâ€™s all welcome the newest member of the Dolphins to South Beach.