By: Brandon Liguori
The Miami Dolphins selected Tua Tagovailoa Thursday night in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, well aware of Tagovailoa’s injury history at Alabama. With that being said, protecting Tagovailoa on a consistent basis will now be the new motto moving forward.
Despite passing up on a dynamic, game-changing running back in the second and third round Friday night, the Dolphins boosted their problematic offensive line by grabbing Robert Hunt with the first of their two second-round options. A Louisiana Lafayette product, the 6’5” 323-pound Hunt will likely compete with Michael Dieter for the starting right guard spot in 2020.
“It’s great. I’m super excited to get on the field with Tua. It’s my job to protect him. That’s what I’m going to do every day,” Hunt said.
Miami had their shot at selecting Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor, Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins, Florida State’s Cam Akers or Boston College’s A.J. Dillon, but elected to improve the offensive line.
Once the pick was finalized, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald had reported that the Dolphins were interested in Dobbins at 56, before Baltimore snatched the Ohio State product a pick prior. Miami grabbed their second Alabama prospect 17 picks later, as Raekwon Davis provides an upgrade on the defensive side of the football. At 6’6” and 311 pounds, Davis will hopefully improve a Dolphins defense that coughed up a league-worst 30.9 points per contest in 2019. When speaking to reporters, Davis said one of his goals in the NFL is to earn Rookie of the Year.
The Dolphins’ lone third-round pick saw the team select Brandon Jones, a safety from the University of Texas, which makes a lot of sense because Miami needed some help at the safety position after cutting 10-year veteran Reshad Jones this past March and keep in mind that the Dolphins have done a phenomenal job at upgrading the secondary throughout the free agency and draft. Entering the final day of the draft, Miami still has two fourth-round picks, three fifth-round picks, one sixth-round pick and three seventh-round picks, giving Brian Flores and Chris Grier nine solid opportunities to improve the roster if a trade does not occur.
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