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How much maneuverability the Miami Dolphins possess in Round 1 will hinge on the team’s view of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Publicly, the Dolphins are supporting the 2020 No. 5 overall selection.
“Tua, we’re very happy with. He’s our starting quarterback,” general manager Chris Grier said, per ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe.
If the Dolphins aren’t sold on Tagovailoa, however, they’ll at least have to consider quarterback options at No. 3a selection Miami owns thanks to their trade of Laremy Tunsil to the Houston Texans. If Miami believes in Tagovailoa and isn’t in love with a prospect like Sewell, Smith or LSU wideout Ja’Marr Chase, then trading the third pick to a quarterback-needy team will be a realistic option.
And that’s not the only option Miami will have in Round 1. The Dolphins also own their selection at No. 18, a pair of second-round picks and a third-rounder.
Miami has a relatively solid roster, especially on the defensive side. Therefore, if it’s considering moving up from No. 18 to secure, say, Mississippi receiver Elijah Moore, it has the assets to do so. The Dolphins could also trade down to add more draft capital while knowing they have three Day 2 selections on the horizon.
Things will begin with the third overall selection, though, and whether the Dolphins are willing to pass on a signal-caller and continue rolling with Tagovailoa.