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Would You Rather Draft…Cam Newton or Ryan Tannehill?

Ryan Tannehill vs. Cam Newton

You’re  deep into your fantasy draft and it’s time to address the quarterback position but you can’t seem to decide between Cam Newton and Ryan Tannehill. Who would you rather draft?

Let’s compare:

Ryan Tannehill (Miami Dolphins):

Strengths –

  • Signed a brand new contract stating the fact that the Dolphins believe in him
  • Has lots of talent around him at wide receiver (Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker, Kenny Stills, Greg Jennings).
  • Offensive-minded head coach who is known for making his offense hard to stop
  • Ability with his legs to stretch the play outside the pocket

Weaknesses –

  • Lack of experience
  • Has shown promise, but not true elite status
  • Is the offensive line talented enough to compete week-to-week in the NFL?

Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers):

Strengths –

  • Signed a brand new contract stating the fact that the Panthers believe in him
  • Running ability to stretch the play or make plays with his legs
  • Red zone threat with his legs and takes away carries from running backs
  • Tall physical wide receivers on the outside who can make plays in the air

Weaknesses –

  • Is the offensive line talented enough to compete week-to-week in the NFL?
  • Not a true deep threat on the team to make a play week-to-week to open up the offense
  • Can he stay healthy for 16 games?

The Argument for Tannehill over Newton:

The Miami offense is loaded. Tannehill has a big receiver on the outside in Parker, a deep threat in Stills, a veteran-savvy receiver in Jennings, and a playmaking slot receiver in Landry. These players can take a 5-yard slant and turn it into 80-yard touchdown. Coach Joe Philbin has to be drooling to have this much talent in his receiving corps. Is he thinking that he can get the same type of production from his quarterback as Aaron Rodgers in his early days? They will have the opportunity to spread the field and throw the ball around. Newton can’t do that; he doesn’t have the talent on the outside or offensive line. Tannehill played well towards the end of the season and showed that he is the future at quarterback with his arm and ability to make plays outside the pocket down the field. They have made improvements on their offensive line and will explode offensively in 2015!

The Argument for Newton over Tannehill:

Tannehill may have more talent overall at receiver, but Newton has exactly what he needs on offense. An offense based on the run game, including Newton in the red zone. While Tannehill may hand-off to his running back inside the 5, Newton can zone-read and keep it himself and score. He has two big bodies with Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess who can overpower receivers and go up and make plays in the air. Greg Olsen is a Pro Bowl tight end who owns the middle of the field and is always a threat inside the 20s to score. The offensive line might be revamped, but they have big bodies to pound the run game so he can have an effective play-action. He can beat you with his legs or his big arm!

I Would Rather Draft…

Ryan Tannehill (Miami Dolphins)

Newton will most likely have more rushing touchdowns that accrue more points in most (if not all) fantasy football formats, but that will still not be enough to have better fantasy production than Tannehill in 2015. There is so much talent on the outside, along with Tannehill’s improvement and Philbin’s philosophy, for Tannehill not to have a great year in 2015. I’m actually more concerned about the offensive line for the Panthers and how they are going to be able to protect Newton and keep him healthy. How will Newton open up the field without a true deep threat that defenses will have to worry about week-to-week? Tannehill has the luxury of beating you multiple ways with his weapons on the outside and Philbin’s ability to strategize offense.

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About Dan Collins

I have always been an avid football enthusiast. The NFL Draft and Fantasy Football is my passion in the realm of football. I write Mock Drafts and inform readers of what is happening during the critical stages of the NFL Draft. I spend way too much time working through Fantasy Football analysis, situations, and thoughts; it is an issue. Follow on Twitter @Dan_R_Collins for Football info and the occasional joke or wisecrack.