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Dolphins select Tua Tagovailoa with No. 5 overall pick in 2020 NFL Draft

Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins, NFL Draft

Former Alabama Crimson Tide standout Tua Tagovailoa has been selected by Miami Dolphins with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Tagovailoa was one of the more talked about prospects heading into the draft because most had different opinions on his future in the league.

Tagovailoa was a five-star recruit coming out of high school according to 247 Sports. He was the number one dual-threat quarterback in the class of 2017.

At Alabama, he burst onto the national scene during the National Championship game as a true freshman when he replaced Jalen Hurts at the start of the second half. He threw for three touchdowns which was enough to win the title. In 2018 he wowed everyone with his performances week in and week out. He started all 15 games completing 69 percent of his passes for 3,966 yards and 43 touchdowns. During the 2019 season, Tagovailoa had his season cut short after he suffered a devastating hip injury that is still a risk.

Tagovailoa’s strengths are clear on the field and heading into the 2019 season he was considered by many the top draft prospect. Tagovailoa doesn’t get rattled easily, even when the pocket around him breaks down. Tagovailoa is mostly accurate no matter where he is passing the ball. Even if he is airing it out, he keeps his accuracy.  He also is very good at reading defenses, even when they start to rotate after the snap.

The biggest concern for Tagovailoa is with his hip injury. There are plenty of players who are injury-prone during college that turn out fine in the NFL but if Tagovalioa can’t say healthy the Miami Dolphins’ front office will have to answer a lot of questions.

The hope for Tagovailoa is that he will stay healthy and he will return back to the 2018 form he had wit the Alabama Crimson Tide. If he can return to that form, he is going to win a lot of games in the NFL.