Next Marino? Miami Dolphins select Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa in 1st round of 2020 NFL Draft
No one doubted the physical tools.
The Miami Dolphins didn’t doubt the medical charts, either.
Miami, searching for a QB since Dan Marino retired, selected Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa with the No. 5 overall pick in the 1st round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night. Tagovailoa became the 1st Alabama QB taken in the 1st round since Richard Todd in 1976. He is the Tide’s 4th QB taken in the opening round.
He and Joe Burrow, taken No. 1 overall by Cincinnati, became the first pair of SEC QBs selected in the 1st round of the same draft since 1952.
Tagovailoa set school and SEC records and authored arguably the greatest throw in college history — his walk-off bomb to DeVonta Smith to beat Georgia in the 2017 national title game.
Some analysts have called him the greatest college QB they’ve ever seen.
The only question mark surrounding his NFL future has been his health. He battled several injuries at Alabama, most notably the dislocated hip that prematurely ended his 2019 season.
His doctors insisted the hip was healed and there wasn’t a cause for concern. Not every NFL team believed them.
The Dolphins did.