2020 NFL Draft Picks
- 1. Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
- 2. Austin Jackson, OT, USC
- 3. Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn
- 4. Robert Hunt, OL, Louisiana Lafayette
- 5. Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama
- 6. Brandon Jones, S, Texas
- 7. Solomon Kindley, OL, Georgia
- 8. Jason Strowbridge, DL, North Carolina
- 9. Curtis Weaver, EDGE, Boise State
- 10. Blake Ferguson, LS, LSU
- 11. Malcolm Perry, RB, Navy
Top pick: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
Some dreams do come true. The Dolphins were widely thought to be tanking for Tua Tagovailoa a year ago, and here they are entering the 2020 season with him as their quarterback of the future.
Even with Tagovailoa’s injury history, he was a tremendous pick for the Dolphins and he could wind up being a steal at five overall. The Dolphins were rumored to have to move up and get Tua, but they stayed put and stayed true to their board.
I absolutely love this pick and the value for the Dolphins here.
Steal: EDGE Curtis Weaver, Boise State — 5th round
You could look at a number of picks here, but nobody had Curtis Weaver lasting to the fifth round of their 2020 NFL mock drafts.
In fact, Weaver made it into quite a few first-round projections. He had 34 sacks and 47.5 tackles for loss over three seasons with Boise State and should be an ideal fit in Brian Flores’ defense.
Overall Grade: A
If you look over this class in its entirety and don’t give the Dolphins an ‘A’ grade or better, you might be insane.
Even with Tagovailoa’s injury history, he’s worth the risk when you have no quarterback of the future and three first-round picks to work with.
The Dolphins fortified their secondary depth with converted receiver Noah Igbinoghene in the later portion of the first round and he gives Brian Flores another intriguing man coverage option along with Byron Jones and Xavien Howard.
Robert Hunt and Raekwon Davis are two starting players taken in the second round on the offensive and defensive lines respectively, and I think the Dolphins are going to be really glad they got both of those guys.
I loved that this team used three out of five picks in the trenches in the first two rounds.
Brandon Jones was an obvious target of Flores and the defensive staff because not many people had him going in the top 75 before the draft. His character and intangtibles likely led to that selection.
In the fourth round, I thought Solomon Kindley was a worthwhile risk. The Dolphins obviously needed to invest in protecting Tagovailoa and at that point, he was their third offensive linemen selected. He’s raw, but the starter upside is definitely there.
The fifth round was very good to the Dolphins with the versatile Jason Strowbridge who can play all over their defensive line and obviously the top steal of this class — Curtis Weaver.
Even though drafting a long snapper is not always preferred, the Dolphins had a million picks and Blake Ferguson will handle those duties hopefully for the foreseeable future.
Malcolm Perry was the Navy quarterback and he can really make plays as a runner. He had over 2,000 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns last season on the ground.