The Miami Dolphins hold the fifth overall pick and this is an important draft for them. Brian Flores looks to be leading the team in the right direction but making the wrong pick here could set back their franchise.
So who should the team target? Let’s breakdown three early targets the Dolphins should consider with the fifth overall pick.
Tua Tagovailoa – QB, Alabama
All signs are pointing towards Tua Tagovailoa throwing before the draft, and that means he is on the right track to getting healthy. When Tagovailoa is healthy, he looked like one of the most prolific quarterbacks in Alabama history. As a Junior, he threw for 2,840 yards, 33 touchdowns, and three interceptions.
It’s clear the team doesn’t think Josh Rosen is the future of the team or they would have given him more of a fair shot during the 2019 season. Ryan Fitzpatrick is a nice story and had some success, but he also isn’t the future of the team.
At some point, the Dolphins need to find their franchise quarterback and no better time than this year. Tua has a game that will transition to the NFL and he could be the missing piece.
The team needs to make sure his medical history is okay and that they feel comfortable with his recovery, but if all that checks out, they need to select Tagovailoa.
Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama
There is a chance Tagovailoa could be gone when the Dolphins select, and if that’s the case the team is going to need to move in a different direction.
Wills looks to be the best offensive lineman in the draft, and when the team does select their quarterback they need someone up front to protect him.
Wills is going to be a great offensive lineman in the league for a long time, he would be a great piece to build around.
Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
There is no chance the Dolphins should take Justin Herbert with the fifth pick if Tagovailoa is gone. The one thing the team could do is trade back a few picks to get even more draft capital and draft their quarterback of choice. Maybe through the draft process, the team will fall in love with Herbert or a quarterback like Jake Fromm.
If the team doesn’t love another quarterback, they should not try to force it by selecting a quarterback. Bring back Fitzpatrick for another year and tank for Trevor Lawrence.