Prediction: Dolphins First Round Draft Picks

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The Miami Dolphins have the fifth, 18th, and 26th pick in the first round of the NFL Draft this season. This is my prediction of who the Dolphins will draft in the first round this season. 

5. Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama 

The Dolphins need a quarterback who can lead them to the playoffs if they want to have any chance at the Super Bowl soon. Ryan Fitzpatrick is one of the best back-ups and one of the smartest quarterbacks in the NFL, but not a superstar. Josh Rosen has not proven anything good since he has come into the league, and I doubt it will change now. Tua Tagovailoa can be the type of quarterback to lead a team to the Super Bowl. In his junior season at Alabama, he was hurt for the majority of the season, which scared many scouts away. Some of Tua’s strengths are he is a dual-threat quarterback, which is becoming the prevailing trend in the NFL the past couple of seasons. His touchdown to interception ratio in college is 8:1. He is calm in the pocket and knows when to make the right decision whether to sit in the pocket or run. These are all traits of a future superstar in the NFL. Overall I believe picking Tua fifth overall is the best outcome the Dolphins can have. 

18.  K’Lavon Chaisson, OLB, LSU

The Dolphins ranked last in the NFL for sacks last season with only 23 sacks. They need to pick up an edge rusher, and K’Lavon Chaisson can be the player to fill that hole. In his senior season, Chaisson had 6.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss. He could be a significant pass rusher on the team and help the defense get better each season. One of the strengths of Chaisson is he is a smart player on and off the field. Also, he is talented at getting to the quarterback every play. That is a talent the Dolphins are missing on their roster currently. He will be a monster on defense with his 6 foot 3, 254 pounds, and 32.5-inch arms. He is going to be a monster for the Dolphins and will help pressure quarterback next season. 

Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson (18) reacts during the first quarter against the Clemson Tigersin the College Football Playoff national championship game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

26. Josh Jones, T, Houston

The Dolphins offensive line last season was one of the weakest parts of the team. The Dolphins were tied in last for sacks last season with 58 sacks on the season. Currently, there are two tackles on the depth chart, so adding Josh Jones would be perfect for the team. Jones is 6’5” and weighs 319 pounds. One strength for Jones is that he has a long frame for offensive linemen. This could allow for him to be able to get challenging to reach blocks and add more mass onto his body. He is a coachable player, and his technique is not perfect yet, but it is getting there. He can climb to the second level well, and he is quick out of his stance when he is going to pull. Overall, he would be another young player who will fit in with the Miami Dolphins offense well. 

Sep 3, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Cougars offensive lineman Josh Jones (74) during the game against the Oklahoma Sooners at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

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