Dolphins Won’t Draft Tagovailoa Replacement

Before sexual abuse lawsuits were filed against Deshaun Watson, the Dolphins were among the favorites to land the Texans’ signal-caller (if Houston actually agreed to trade him, of course). If that happened, then Miami’s own QB, Tua Tagovailoa, would either be in Houston as part of the trade return or playing second fiddle to Watson on the Dolphins’ bench.

While a Watson trade seems like an impossibility at this point, there has been plenty of chatter that Miami could nonetheless seek a Tagovailoa upgrade in the draft. The club is armed with the No. 3 and No. 18 overall selections, and while Trevor Lawrence will be selected by the Jaguars at No. 1 overall, the Dolphins could be in a position to land a passer like BYU’s Zach Wilson or Ohio State’s Justin Fields.

But as Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald writes, the Dolphins will not draft a Tagovailoa replacement in this year’s draft. Salguero says the consensus in the scouting community is that the club is not looking to draft a QB with the No. 3 pick, and that Miami might even trade down from that selection in order to accumulate even more draft capital. As such, unless they’re absolutely in love with Alabama’s Mac Jones or another collegiate QB that could be available later on in the first round, the Dolphins appear set to roll with their second-year southpaw. Apparently, the only quarterback they would have considered to replace Tagovailoa would have been Watson.

GM Chris Grier said back in January that Tagovailoa would be the team’s starter — though he did decline to say whether the team would consider drafting a quarterback with the No. 3 overall pick — and head coach Brian Flores said earlier this month that he was excited to work with his young passer. As expected, though, that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from churning.

After all, Tagovailoa had something of an up-and-down rookie campaign, and Flores turned to Ryan Fitzpatrick as a “reliever” during several of Tagovailoa’s more difficult outings. But the No. 5 overall pick of the 2020 draft also showed some flashes, and he will be given a chance to make a sophomore leap.

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28 comments on “Dolphins Won’t Draft Tagovailoa Replacement

  1. DarkSide830

    well yeah that would probably be stupid. dont want Tua? trade him for a vet, not another project.

    • jessethegreat

      I’m sure they don’t want to damage Tua’s confidence like the Eagles did with Wentz, but I’d at least want some perception that they COULD take a quarterback.

      It either increases their trade value if someone wants a quarterback at their #3 position, or it raises the likelihood teams take quarterbacks ahead of the dolphins either with their own picks (jags duh and jets) or it entices other teams to trade up ahead of the dolphins more likely leaving the player the dolphins covet that is not a quarterback for them.

      • dust44

        It doesn’t matter honestly. There’s teams behind them that will b bidding against each other for the Jets pick if they keep darnold and the #3 whether u say u r keeping Tua or “keep it quiet”.

  2. mrshyguy99

    Why would they give up tua so fast I thought they had a hard on for him .

  3. afsooner02

    Won’t be a qb worth taking left when they draft at 3 anyways. Take waddle/smith.

    • lebzet

      I think Jamar Chase or Sewell are better picks than those two receivers. You must be an Alabama fan.

  4. amk1920

    People actually think the Dolphins draft well….headlines like this even existing is a awful sign

  5. Lars MacDonald

    The media has created this whole Watson to Miami noise and won’t let it go. It’s getting so old.

    Regardless of what any supposed anonymous team source says, no team is going to touch Watson until his legal problems are settled.

  6. fishy14

    Unreal what one trade will do

    The dolphins fleeced Texans

    I’d trade back and keep adding 1st rd picks to roster

    • downeysoft42

      Yeah when you add up the total picks aquired after trading that pick they’ll look like absolute geniuses. Even if they say keep it and draft a tackle they just swapped a tackle out for another potential elite one with extra picks.

      • triumph13

        Agree. Carolina is ready to move on from Bridgewater…. and now that Watson may be off the table for them, may feel getting Fields is their next best move. Trade down.

    • Tuternon

      Trade down!!.Our draft history isn’t great. The more picks we pick up the more trades we can make later.Tua played good with the team he was given. He can only improve this yr. Draft a RB1 for once no more CB in the first or second round

  7. shawnpatrl

    To give Tua the best chance to succeed draft both Alabama prospects , smith at 3 and Harris at 18! If he doesn’t succeed then trade him! Someone will take a flier on him

    • davidkaner

      They might get one of those guys but it would be funny if they got both.

  8. Chris Hager

    I’d like them to draft Ian Book on day 3, and develop him into their next Don Strock type.

    • I’ll never forget Don Strock coming in off the bench and getting the Dolphins back into the game in the 1981(?) AFC playoffs vs. San Diego. Kellen Winslow was awesome in that game too. That was easily the greatest NFL game I’ve ever seen.

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