Dolphins decided to take Tua Tagovailoa only days before NFL Draft?

By Matt Johnson
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In the months leading up to the 2020 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins provided a cloud of mystery around what player they would take with the No. 5 overall pick. Amid rampant speculation about the team’s exact plans, the team apparently didn’t even make its decision on Tua Tagovailoa until days before the NFL Draft.

During an interview with MMQB’s Albert Breer, Dolphins general manager Chris Grier revealed that the team’s plan for the No. 5 pick wasn’t made until just days before the team was on the clock with the No. 5 overall pick.

Reports leading up to draft day mentioned all kinds of possibilities. From Miami preparing a godfather offer for the No. 1 pick to a deal for the No. 3 pick already being in place with the front office targeting an offensive tackle.

Multiple reports even suggested the Dolphins were higher on Justin Herbert than Tagovailoa, a credit to the front office for keeping their plans and views on the top quarterbacks a secret.

While there were medical concerns with Tagovailoa, the Dolphins gave him a passing grade at the NFL Combine. He continued to make progress in the months following and while he couldn’t prove it to teams, Miami held a final medical meeting before the NFL Draft that gave Tagovailoa the green light.

When the time finally came to make the pick, the Dolphins didn’t hesitate to send in their card to make Tagovailoa their new face of the franchise. NFL fans loved the decision and as long as Tagovailoa is healthy, he’ll likely prove the team made the right call.