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Dolphins pick Tua Tagovailoa or pass in NFL draft?

With one week before the 2020 NFL draft, it’s a perfect time to delve deeper into how the Miami Dolphins might get their franchise quarterback.

Today, we finish our four-part series analyzing each top quarterback prospect and his chances of landing in Miami, especially considering the Dolphins are armed with three first-round picks and 14 total selections. This series ends at the same spot where it began over a year ago when it became clear the Dolphins would be players in the quarterback market as the allure of Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa shined bright (“tank for Tua”).nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal

The expectation is the Dolphins will select a quarterback in the first round of this draft, sources told ESPN. Miami has done extensive homework on each of the top quarterbacks in the class, and over the past few weeks we’ve discussed scenarios where the Dolphins make an ambitious trade up for LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, make Utah State’s Jordan Love a surprise pick because of his upside, and take comfort with the prototypical size and skill set of Oregon’s Justin Herbert.

But no draft prospect is as polarizing as Tagovailoa.3

Without his devastating hip injury and question marks about durability, Tagovailoa might have challenged Burrow for the No. 1 overall pick. Because of the coronovirus pandemic, teams were unable examine prospects. Tagovailoa couldn’t allay many of those questions in pre-draft visits.

The talk around the Dolphins has shifted from how far will they trade up to get Tagovailoa to whether the will they take Herbert instead.nfl nike jersey cheap

In ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.’s latest mock draft, Herbert goes to the Dolphins with the No. 5 pick — a change from the previous Kiper mock that had Miami selecting Tagovailoa. Over the past week, many mock drafts have made the flip-flop from Tagovailoa to Herbert because of pre-draft buzz suggesting the Dolphins are hesitant about drafting Tagovailoa.

The Dolphins brass will have to make the franchise-changing decision, and it will center on this: Is it a bigger risk for the Dolphins to bet on Tagovailoa … or pass on him?