If the Dolphins want their upcoming season to end on a higher note, they will need to select the one player who seems to be the perfect fit for them.
The 2020 NFL Draft will take place in about a month. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow will then either go to the Cincinnati Bengals or to whichever team can offer an interesting trade in exchange for the player. After that, well, a lot of questions will surely arise.
One of those questions revolves around the Miami Dolphins and their need for a quality quarterback. That quarterback could be Tua Tagovailoa.
Before the start of the 2019 college football season, Tagovailoa was projected to be the number one pick for the 2020 draft by experts. However, tragedy struck when he suffered a dislocated and fractured hip in November that year which required him to undergo surgery. This prevented him from finishing his final collegiate season and greatly affected his draft prospect.
These were the latest injuries that flocked his college career. There are the ankle injuries from October 2019 and December 2018 that both required surgery. There are the knee and quad injuries from October and November of 2018. And finally, there’s a fractured index finger which he suffered back in March 2018. For most teams, the number of injuries he’s experienced are big turn-offs. And with the inability of teams to get face time with the players before the draft, those turn-offs just got heavier.
Before the start of the 2019 NFL season, the Miami Dolphins were considered by many to be one of the least opposing teams in the league. However, thanks to coach Brian Flores, they were able to play well and were able to get the number five overall pick in the draft. Could they go for Tagovailoa?
After all, he is considered the draft’s wild card. How so? Well, he could turn out to be his draft class’ best player or he may never even get to jump-start his career if injuries continue to plague him. No other player (in this draft class) has a greater make-or-break situation than him. Back in 2017, there were rumours that the New York Jets should have gone for Deshaun Watson despite his injuries – but they didn’t. They were too afraid to take a chance on a player with skill and talents they needed because of his history of injuries.
Cut forward to the upcoming draft and both the Dolphins and Tagovailoa find themselves in a rather similar situation. As a point of perspective, the Jets ended up selecting Watson and instead went for Jamal Adams. He became a great player. As for Watson? He became the face of the Houston Texans ever since.
The Dolphins need a decent enough quarterback and they haven’t gotten one since Dan Marino. However, they can save their season by selecting Tagovailoa because they have the capability to trade up and make a cohesive team with some players – given that they play their cards right. If history is to be the deciding factor, they should avoid doing what the Jets did – not taking a chance on an injured player and risk missing out on him being the next best player the team has ever drafted.