The Miami Dolphins selected University of Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa with the fifth overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft on Thursday night, and retired Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade seems pretty happy about it:
The last 5th overall pick to Miami did some cool things. Congrts @Tuaamann can’t wait to watch your journey.
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) April 24, 2020
Of course, Wade is referring to himself, who was drafted fifth overall by the Heat back in 2003.
Wade went on to win three championships and make five finals appearances during his time in South Beach, establishing himself as one of the greatest shooting guards in NBA history.
Obviously, that is a tough standard for Tagovailoa to live up to, but Dolphins fans will take just about anything that is better than mediocre at this point.
Since 2002, Miami has made just two playoff appearances, and going back even further, the franchise has not won a postseason game since the 2000-01 campaign.
One of the biggest reasons for the Dolphins' ineptitude over the last couple of decades has been their revolving door at quarterback, as guys like Jay Fielder, Chad Henne, Matt Moore and Ryan Tannehill (you know, before his monster year in Tennessee this past season) came in and failed to deliver.
Now, it will be up to Tua Tagovailoa to turn things around just like Dwyane Wade did.
There was some deliberation as to whether or not Miami would take Tagovailoa at No. 5 given his checkered injury history, but the Dolphins couldn't resist his talent.
Tagovailoa is coming off of a junior campaign in which he played nine games and threw for 2,840 yards, 33 touchdowns and three interceptions while completing 71.4 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 206.9.