Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill took another big step toward being a top-10 pick Thursday when he completed 65-of-68 passes, with two drops, before 60 scouts from 22 teams in his personal Pro Day. Tannehill did not work out at A&M's Pro Day earlier this month because of a stress fracture in his right foot.
"I felt good," said Tannehill, who ran a 4.62 in the 40-yard dash. "The foot felt great, moving in the pocket, escaping; the ball was coming out good, and the guys were making plays for me. It was a good day."
The Dolphins' contingent, which did not include offensive coordinator and ex-A&M coach Mike Sherman, took Tannehill to dinner at Republic on Wednesday night. General manager Jeff Ireland, head coach Joe Philbin and player personnel director Brian Gaine did not comment after Tannehill's session. Miami drafts eighth.
Cleveland, which has the fourth overall pick, sent offensive coordinator Brad Childress and quarterbacks coach Mark Whipple. The Browns will have a private workout with Tannehill in College Station, one of three he has set up, and they also will have him in for a visit.
"This guy is one of those guys who is capable of doing all the things you need to be able to do," Childress said.
Seattle’s contingent was larger than expected considering they just signed free agent Matt Flynn to a three-year, $26 million deal. General manager John Schneider,head coach Pete Carroll and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell were in College Station.
"He did a really good job," Carroll said. "He should feel very proud of the workout today and the prepartion that he and Chris [Weinke] put in to get here. He did a really nice job."
Tannehill has been working with Weinke at the IMG Football Academy in Bradenton, Fla. He discovered a stress fracture in his right foot the second day he began workouts there. Dr. Robert Anderson, a Carolina Panthers’ team physician and renowned foot specialist, repaired the fractured fifth metatarsal in Tannehill’s right foot in January.
All 68 of Tannehill's throws Thursday were from under center to show his foot is fully healed.
"Obviously, Ryan was coming off of foot surgery, and we wanted to show he could get away from center with a little sense of urgency," Weinke said. "We obviously moved him around a little bit in the pocket and was able to show he could throw the ball accurately on the run. It was important for me to show three-step, five-step, seven-step and obviously some play-action. I didn't feel like we didn't need to show him throwing from the gun. He's a good enough athlete. I'm an old-school coach in that I teach from under center. That's where the footwork starts. If you've got great footwork under center, it translates nicely into the gun. So he can make all those throws from the gun as well."
The Colts, who own the top pick, sent quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen. Christensen also was at Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck's workouts last week. The Colts are expected to select Luck.
-- Charean Williams