With her movie-star looks and tight fitting red dress it seems that Lauren Tannehill is the real breakout star of the 2012 NFL draft. Featured on ESPN's coverage on Thursday night, the aspiring model and wife of new Miami Dolphin's pick Ryan Tannehill was a major hit, setting social networking sites abuzz with complimentary tweets.
In the first ten minutes after Texas A&M quarterback Tannehill was picked with the eighth overall selection, the cardiology assistant began trending on Twitter and picked up 3,000 followers overnight, a 350 percent increase on the day before.
According to the Daily Mail report, Bolstering her perfect wife credentials, Lauren, 24, has spoken in the past of her love of sports and her appreciation of men.
'I understand guys. I understand football. I love sports and I’m completely comfortable in Ryan’s world. I may look like a girly girl but I actually love being outside and being active. Our favorite things to do as a couple are to ride bikes, walk our dogs, play Frisbee golf, play tennis and golf, and go swimming,' said Lauren in an interview last year.
And Lauren revealed that Ryan may have received some divine help in his surprising pick for the Dolphins last night.
'I pray for Ryan constantly. I send him Bible verses before games, encourage him, help him out with all the little things he doesn’t have time to take care of. We talk about our goals and dreams a lot and we have developed a plan for reaching them,' said Lauren.
'He supports me and he’s also aware that right now, at this stage in our lives, he needs my support and he appreciates me. '
Married to Tannehill in January of this year, the gorgeous blonde has been with the Dolphin's new pick since they met at Texas A&M in 2009 and the former cheerleader's attention grabbing appearance has not gone unnoticed by her proud husband.
'I think it's funny,' said Tannehill after Lauren first came to attention last Fall during a college football match between Texas and Texas A&M in the bleacherreport.com
'I think it's great whenever people tweet her or say anything about it. She went into a restaurant a couple of days later and the waiter said, 'I saw you on TV. You're Ryan's girlfriend'. 'I thought the whole thing was great.'
Giving a thumbs up to the camera last night, the explosion of interest in Lauren will surely continue once the camera-friendly couple move to Miami and hit the beach.
'I think Ryan Tannehill’s wife is a better prospect than Ryan Tannehill' said @AdamMcKee12 on Twitter. The Browns should trade up for the 3rd pick and draft Ryan Tannehill’s wife' added @TheHMonkey.
Born Lauren Ashley Ufer in Atlanta, the trainee nurse has two brothers aged 21 and 16, who were present at her wedding on January 13 in Mexico along with her mother Nancy and dad John.
Moving cross-country earlier in her life, she finally finished her senior year at A&M Consolidated high school before graduating from Texas A&M in May 2010 with degrees in Communications and Psychology.
Mixing brains with her beauty, Lauren's part-time modeling career has seen her sport wedding gowns from the Da Vinci wedding catalogue as well as posing with stylish Gucci bags.
While her six-foot-four, 223-pound husband attempts to be the first draft quarterback pick since Dan Marino to succeed at the Dolphins, five-foot-seven, size zero Lauren should expect to come under the spotlight too.
Deeply religious, Lauren has spoken at length about her beliefs and her closeness to God.
'To the girls reading this, I want to say that if you keep God at the centre of your relationships with boyfriends and you put Him first in all things you will handle the big issues beautifully,' said Lauren in an interview last year.
'But, let me tell you, it is a mindset that you have to adopt and stick with. I also believe that if you associate with good people, you'll have more strength.'
Heavily involved with religious groups at college, Lauren has also spoken of how she struggled to keep up her faith as a young student at Texas A&M.
'Once I felt settled in college, I got involved in a Bible study and during my junior and senior years, I led one,' said the trainee nurse in an online blog.
'I met a girl in class who is now one of my dearest friends and it was a total God thing. We immediately clicked and we put together a wonderful group of girlfriends who supported each other.
'We even did Beth Moore Bible studies together. Beth Moore rocks!'
Naming dating and drinking as the two pitfalls which could affect a girls relationship with God, Lauren has outlined her principles when it came to dating husband Ryan Tannehill.
'I mean girls need to be smart and figure out for themselves what to prioritise and what to set as goals,' said Lauren.
'What personality should you look for in a guy one day? What are your insecurities that might make you look for the wrong thing? What type of relationship do you want in your life?
'Before you start experimenting with dating different guys, develop a road map for yourself. 'You won't regret it.'
Tannehill played his first two seasons at Texas A&M as a wide receiver but on Thursday he began on the road to being an NFL quarterback when he was selected with the eighth pick of the first round of the draft by the Miami Dolphins.
Known as a jack of all trades in high school, he converted to quarterback in his junior season in college and showed so much promise he was the first signal-caller taken after the one-two picks of headliners Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III.
'I didn't know until I saw the Florida area code light up on my phone,' said Tannehill about the uncertainty of where he was going in the draft.
'That was a great moment. I'll never forget it.'
Before the draft Tannehill was considering opening a medical practice with his wife as nurse and was tutored in the fine art of quarterbacking at A&M by former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike Sherman, who now serves as offensive coordinator for the Dolphins.
'I have a great relationship with Coach Sherman, got to know each other real well over the past four years, and especially over the past two,' said Tannehill.
'So I'm excited to work with him again.'