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Dolphins GM stresses need for ‘home run’ in 2020 NFL Draft

Chris Grier, Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert, Dolphins draft

Miami Dolphins general manager Chris Grier is cognizant that his team cannot miss with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft when they’re on the clock next Thursday.

“It’s very important,” Grier said, via Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald, of the Dolphins needing to “hit a home run” with the selection, “… We could build a strong team here and win for a long time.”

Speculation and mock drafts have often pegged Miami to select a quarterback, seeing as they enter the 2020 season with veteran signal-caller Ryan Fitzpatrick as the likely starter with no true franchise QB moving forward.

The two names most often brought up for when the Dolphins will first be on the clock (the team also selects No. 18 overall), have been Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Oregon’s Justin Herbert. Both are expected to come off the board roughly within the top 10 selections, although additional wildcards such as Utah State’s Jordan Love have been hypothesized.

But after a 5-11 campaign that saw the team open the season with seven straight losses (the first four of which were historically lopsided) in 2019, Miami’s roster will need an infusion of talent across the board.

Grier noted that there are numerous players whom the team feels comfortable selecting at their slot. That group almost certainly includes non-quarterbacks, which paves the way for the team to still nab a signal caller at No. 18 or in the later rounds, should they have confidence in former first-rounder Josh Rosen to back up Fitzpatrick.

Either way, the Dolphins know the No. 5 pick needs to become an impact player.