Miami Dolphins second-year quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has been plagued by injuries and inconsistent play in his first two NFL seasons. Will Miami move him?
Picking quarterbacks in the first round of the NFL Draft is at times akin to throwing darts. Just ask the Miami Dolphins. Since the heyday of Dan Marino they’ve been trying to find their next franchise quarterback, and it hasn’t been going very well.
In the 2020 NFL Draft, the Dolphins selected Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa with the 5th overall pick in the first round. Tagovailoa was and is somewhat of an enigma. He’s left-handed and was listed as a dual threat quarterback during his recruitment. He stands 6’1″ 217 and his college team went 30-2 in games that he played.
Just behind Tagovailoa, the Los Angeles Chargers selected Justin Herbert with the 6th pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. Herbert won Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2020 set the NFL rookie records for touchdown passes in season, completions in a rookie season, and most 300 yard passing games by a rookie quarterback.
Because of where he was drafted, Tua Tagovailoa has been compared to Herbert and the number one overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Joe Burrow. Their development has been the center of talks between analysts and fans from that draft. Before a devastating injury to Tagovailoa near the tail end of his junior year at Alabama, he was the likely number one overall pick whenever he decided to declare.
After the injury, questions arose about his future, and Tagovailoa quite frankly hasn’t played well enough to dispel those concerns. But before we get to the present, and the possible trade that could go down, let’s start at the beginning.