Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 4/12/13
Historically, the NFL Draft has been cringe-inducing for Dolphins fans. Remember when Miami hyped first-round selections Yatil Green, John Avery and Billy Milner? Overlooked future stars Reggie Wayne, Drew Brees and Aaron Rogers? Or didn't even care about hanging on to first and second-round picks? Being one of the NFL's more successful teams during a 25-year stretch in the 1980s and 1990s did not lend itself to Miami snagging top players with late first-round picks. That has changed during the five-year tenure of GM Jeff Ireland, who has been pretty successful in bringing in talent with his top picks. With three of his first-round selections falling in the top 15, Ireland selected one of the NFL's best offensive linemen in Jake Long and picked up center Mike Pouncey and quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The latter are still developing, but have upsides that could see them turn into above-average pros, if not elite ones. First-Round Grades 2012: Ryan Tannehill, QB B: It only took 17 quar...
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