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Mel Kiper Mock Draft 3.0: Seahawks Select Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

With rumors swirling about Peyton Manning and the lackluster season had by quarterback Tarvaris Jackson in 2011, the Seattle Seahawks could certainly use a new signal caller for next season. Even if Manning isn't a reality, the 'Hawks can still make an improvement in the draft, with ESPN's Mel Kiper projecting QB Ryan Tannehill joining Pete Carroll's squad in his lastest mock draft.

Per Kiper on ESPN:

There's no question that Tannehill's stock was helped when a couple of other QBs opted to stay in college, but his growth curve has been exceptional, and he's a guy you draft with a very high ceiling in mind. Good arm, the athleticism you'd expect from a former wide receiver and with very good instincts for the position, some team will take him in the upper half of Round 1. We know Seattle isn't set on a long-term solution at QB, and Tannehill makes sense as a guy that gets a full year of developmental time.

Tannehill reminds me of former University of Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick, now with the 49ers, in regards to needing a bit of tweaking when coming into the NFL. I believe after a bit of polishing Tannehill can be a legit QB in this league, and help Seattle win some ball games down the line.

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