Dane Brugler confirming what I wrote on February 1st, in this thread. In short, the idea that Tannehill "rose" up draft boards is bunk. He was already there. My February 1st comment:
The mocks aren’t really that accurate. The media folks adjust their board based on hearsay from team sources. Most team boards are set.
Here’s the problem: if I had to bet, I’d put a month’s pay on Tannehill carrying a grade that places him inside the top 20 on most team’s boards once they put them together. The media and draftniks, they don’t see it that way. I’ve seen a lot of mocks with Tannehill in the top 10, some with him not even in the first round. It’s that way even on CBS Sports alone.
When the draftniks talk to scouts, they start to get information about Tannehill. So he "starts to rise up boards." That’s nonsense. The team’s grades are set. The media almost never goes back and says "we were wrong." It undermines credibility, and that effects readership or viewers. So, it comes out that "Tannehill is rising up team boards." That explains the truth, that Tannehill is carrying a high grade, and gets the outlet off the hook.
It’s no wonder the teams laugh at the media. They hear or read that, knowing that the media had it all wrong in the first place. But a guy like Nix can’t come out and give relevant facts, because it might expose how Buffalo puts their draft boards together, or how they assign grades. So the media goes on and thinks guys like Nix are incompetent, but in reality, the media is at fault for reporting "facts" while they are severely short on information.
I don’t think Tannehill’s foot matters. There’s enough on film already to hold his grade.