Miami Dolphins: 2020 NFL Draft First Round Picks

With the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft out of the way, the Miami Dolphins have filled all the gaps they wanted to so far.  They got their quarterback of the future, they got a lineman to protect him, and they got a BPA pick (best player available).  In this article, I will be going over the 3 players they drafted, and how good of picks they were.

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Tua Tagovailoa – QB, Alabama

“With the 5th pick in the 2020 NFL draft, the Miami Dolphins select, Tua Tagovailoa, quarterback, Alabama.”

This is a pick almost everyone saw coming, and for good reason.  Tua Tagovailoa was the consensus #1 pick heading into 2019, prior to Joe Burrow taking off.  This was also largely in part due to Tua’s injuries, which he has had numerous of:

  • Broken Left Index Finger – March 2018
  • Sprained Right Knee – October 2018
  • Left High Ankle Sprain (surgery) – December 2018
  • Right High Ankle Sprain (surgery) – October 2019
  • Dislocated Right Hip With Posterior Acetabular Wall Fracture (surgery) – December 2019

Now are these all concerns separately? Aside from the hip, no.  However, with the combination of these, and the fact that he is a scrambling QB, it is certainly interesting.  

These injuries do not take away from the extreme talent Tua has shown though.  With a knack for the improvising throw, similar to that of Steve Young, he has shown to be an extremely elite quarterback in college.  We will have to wait a few years to see if he develops and continues to perform, but for now, it is a spectacular pick.

Tua’s 2019 Stats: 180/252 passes completed (71.4%), 2,840 yards, 33 touchdowns, 3 interceptions, 206.9 average passer rating.  Most impressively, these stats were in only 9 games, so he clearly can produce at a high level.

Austin Jackson – OT, USC

“With the 18th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins select, Austin Jackson, offensive tackle, University of Southern California.”

Here we see why the Miami Dolphins having 3 first rounders benefits them greatly.  The Dolphins got Austin Jackson, who is a left tackle.  Jackson was highly regarded as one of the better tackles in the draft class and has been extremely talented throughout college.  At 6’5” 322 pounds, he will be a great size for the NFL.  He will likely be the front side blocker for Tua Tagovailoa as Tua is left-handed.  This means Jackson will have the job of rolling out and protecting Tua when he scrambles out of the pocket.  This job will be one that is extremely necessary, and having a talented player like Jackson makes the team feel more comfortable.  

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Also, considering Tua’s health concerns, getting a lineman-like this should make fans more confident in his ability and safety in the pocket.

Austin Jackson is compared heavily to D.J. Humphries, which is a fantastic style of player to be compared to.

Noah Igbinoghene – CB, Auburn

“With the 30th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins select, Noah Igbinoghene, cornerback, Auburn.”

 As most would expect, the Dolphins took the best available cornerback.  After signing cornerback Byron Jones, getting a CB2 is a fantastic way to wrap up round 1.  Noah Igbinoghene is a great corner to select late first round.  He is fast, strong, and relatively athletic, which he should be with a 5’10” frame.  

The main reason the Dolphins took Noah is that he was the best secondary talent (in their opinion) left on the board.  This pick was solid because it will give the Dolphins a second cornerback who is extremely talented and can clamp up the AFC East receivers.  (Julian Edelman, John Brown, Stefon Diggs, etc.) 

The next moves for the Dolphins should consist of offensive skill positions.  Likely including running back and wide receiver, these picks will be easy with the extreme depth at those positions in this class.

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