The Miami Dolphins hold the most picks in the 2020 NFL Draft. They began the draft with 14 picks, but after trading the No. 26 overall pick to the Green Bay Packers they moved down to the No. 30 overall and picked up a fourth rounder.
Some of their picks most definitely elated the fan base while others likely turned a few heads.
Tua Tagovailoa, Quarterback
With the fifth pick of the 2020 NFL Draft the Miami Dolphins might have found their future franchise quarterback after drafting former University of Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa.
A lot of debate sparked as to which direction Miami would go with its high selection. Ultimately though, it stuck with its original plan of drafting Tagovailoa.
Tagovailoa fits the Dolphins almost perfectly with this choice, as now second year head coach Brian Flores can begin developing his QB. Flores likely saw Tagovailoa’s phenomenal arm talents of position and accuracy as the selling point. Amidst injury concerns, Flores and General Manager Chris Grier stuck to their ongoing evaluations and felt confident with him overall.
However, Tagovailoa is unlikely to start in 2020 and will sit behind starting veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Dolphins will likely move Tagovailoa into the back-up role and keep Josh Rosen in the reserve as the No. 3.
Austin Jackson, Offensive Line
With the 18th pick in the draft, Miami selected offensive tackle Austin Jackson from the University of Southern California.
Jackson surely does have the size a successful lineman needs, sitting at 6-feet, 5-inches and 322 pounds. He’ll cause destruction against opposing defenses and provide needed protection for the guy under center.
After trading away what many Dolphins fans saw as a franchise lineman in Laremy Tunsil, Jackson is in place to fill the hole. Jackson should be able to compete for this spot instantly and garners a true possibility to be the opening weekend starter. He’ll find himself an added bonus if he can get a year of playing time before he’s asked to protect Tagovailoa in 2021.
Miami traded its No. 26 overall pick to the Green Bay Packers to drop four spots to No. 30. In doing so, it picked up the 134th pick (fourth round) this year.
The Packers traded up, likely hearing the swirling rumors of the Indianapolis Colts taking Utah State QB Jordan Love, and took him for themselves.
Noah Igbinoghene, Cornerback
At the 30th spot, Miami ended up taking Auburn CB Noah Igbinoghene.
Igbinoghene shows exceptional straight-line speed and quickness and is a press-only corner. His quickness and ability to play multiple positions is likely what made a defensive-driven Flores make the call. He’ll be able to add Igbinoghene where he needs him starting this fall.
With a 4.48 run in the NFL Combine’s 40-yard dash, he will likely be a quick impact player in a rebuild that might not take as long as most think down in South Florida.