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Miami Dolphins’ First Round Review – Major Trades And Surprises

The Miami Dolphins had the fifth, 18th, and 30th pick in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. This will be based on the grade and review of each pick the Dolphins make in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. 

5th Pick – Tua Tagovailoa, Quarterback, Alabama

Tua Tagovailoa is arguably the most skilled quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft. In his senior season for Alabama, he played nine games and threw 33 touchdowns, three interceptions, and 2,840 passing yards. Tua has many injury concerns, which could lead to him being a major bust in the NFL, but this does not overtake his spectacular talent. He could be the franchise quarterback for the Miami Dolphins, but the Dolphins will have to improve the offensive line in the rest of the draft. Tua will have many weapons such as DeVante Parker, Preston Williams, Albert Wilson, and Mike Gesicki. Overall Tagovailoa will be in position to succeed in a young rebuilding Dolphins organization. 

Grade: A-

18th Pick – Austin Jackson, Offensive Tackle, USC

Austin Jackson is going to be a major upgrade at the offensive tackle position. He is a true left tackle, which is a position the Miami Dolphins are in need of. He is one of the most athletic tackles for his frame. This will be a good addition to the offensive line to help protect new starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. He still has a lot of room to improve his mass and development as an NFL offensive tackle. Overall this is a good pick up for the Miami Dolphins, and this will help keep Tua safe during the season. 

Grade: B+

Sep 29, 2018; Tucson, AZ, USA; Southern California Trojans offensive tackle Austin Jackson (73) against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Trade Alert

The Miami Dolphins traded away the 26th pick in exchange for the 30th pick and the 136th pick, fourth round, in the 2020 NFL Draft. 

30th Pick – Noah Igbinoghene, Cornerback, Auburn

Noah Igbinoghene is going to play slot cornerback for the Miami Dolphins. He will be a good addition to one of the most stacked secondary’s in the NFL. Igbinoghene will join Byron Jones and Xavien Howard as cornerbacks for the Miami Dolphins. In 12 games at Auburn, Igbinoghene had seven passes defended, 42 tackles, and one tackle for loss. Igbinoghene used to play receiver for Auburn in his first two seasons. He made the move to defensive back and flourished as a cornerback. Overall this fills a hole that the Dolphins needed to fill, but there were other major holes that the Dolphins should have focused on first. 

Grade: B

Nov 30, 2019; Auburn, AL, USA; The ball goes loose as Auburn Tigers defensive back Noah Igbinoghene (4) defends Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) during the first quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

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