Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill will arrive in Cleveland late Saturday night and will not be leaving until Monday as the the Cleveland Browns will play host to the draft hopeful in anticipation of the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft.
Tannehill is one of the 30 players with whom the Browns selected to meet with face-to-face and this specific meeting will conclude their hosting, having visited with several players at multiple positions over the last week alone. The wide receiver-turned-quarterback started all of 19 games at the collegiate level, but continues to move up the draft board as teams look to lock down the most important position on the field.
The Browns, with several holes to fill via the draft, have said that they will be going forward with Colt McCoy as their quarterback, but continue to undermine their own public comments having attempted to trade up for Baylor’s Robert Griffin III and now setting the stage for a multi-day dalliance with Tannehill. Earlier this week, a report out of Green Bay stated that there are scouts who feel Tannehill could be better than Carolina’s Cam Newton, the first-overall pick in the 2011 Draft.
The NFL Network’s Mike Mayock went as far as to say that Cleveland has to take Tannehill with their first pick.
The OBR has stated that interest in Tannehill is very real and that members of the Browns front office — from Mike Holmgren down to Mark Whipple — are intrigued with the 6-foot-4-inch, 221-pound play-caller, stating “where there’s smoke, there’s fire.”
It is anticipated that this weekend will be the period wherein the Browns will decide whether they will be slecting a quarterback with the fourth-overall selection or go another route, potentially selecting Alabama running back Trent Richardson.
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