2018 NFL Draft: Mike Mayock thinks Dolphins sticking with Ryan Tannehill

Ryan Tannehill has three years, $60.4 million left on his contract. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

The Dolphins are in an interesting position at quarterback, where they’re planning on a healthy Ryan Tannehill to shine this season. He’s locked in as their starter, but they need to figure out who’s going to play around him and what their long-term plans are.

With the No. 11 pick in this year’s draft and some proven options available in free agency, it’s a good time to redo the quarterback room. NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock believes they’re so committed to Tannehill that they might not be looking for a quarterback in the first round.

“I think it would be easier in that building to talk yourself into ‘We’re not that bad, we’re not that far away if Tannehill can play well; Adam Gase is a very good quarterback coach, blah, blah, blah,’” Mayock said last week. “I think you can talk yourself into that conversation that, ‘If Tannehill’s our guy, it’s not a rebuild. What we need to do is fill in around him, be a better football team.’

“My gut tells me they’re going to go in that direction. I think it’s difficult to say, ‘OK, if we’re not going to sign a free agent quarterback, then at No. 11 who is going to be available at that point?’ And none of us know.”

Mayock’s point is that if the team is set on Tannehill as the starter and thinks it’s close to playoff contention, which is a questionable belief after a 6-10 season, management would be more inclined to address a need at another position in the draft.

Tannehill turns 30 this summer and has three years left on his contract. He missed the end of the 2016 season because of a knee injury, then all of last year when it gave out on him in in training camp.

Beyond that, even if he’s healthy, there’s no evidence to suggest he can elevate the team enough to make it a contender. Tannehill’s been a league-average quarterback, but his play hasn’t been what the Dolphins hoped for when the drafted him eighth overall in 2012.

“I think they’re at a crossroads,” Mayock said. “I’m not sure what the right answer is, but my gut tells me they’re going to hang with Tannehill.”

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