The last time the Dolphins drafted a cornerback during the second round, it was Baylor’s Xavien Howard, back in 2016.
Where is he now? A Pro Bowler and arguably one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL.
Miami is now looking for a corner to start opposite him.
So who are they considering?
Auburn cornerback Noah Igbinoghene is in the team’s sights, as they hold the 39th pick in the April draft.
Interestingly, Igbinoghene is ranked the 39th-best player available by ESPN’s Scouts, Inc.
The Dolphins are also said to have considered Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown (ranked #4 by Scouts, Inc.), defensive tackle Marlon Davidson (#60) and offensive tackle Prince Tega-Wanogho (#80).
Igbinoghene, the son of two Olympic athletes, says, “I’m an ultimate competitor. I feel like my mental is even more important than my physical, even though my physical is out of this world. I have the traits and intangibles to do anything I want on the field. I’m really confident in anything I do. I really feel like I’m the best corner here, because if you don’t, then why are you here?”
After 11 pass break-ups as a sophomore and then seven more as a junior, he became one of the top corners in the SEC.
“There’s not many receivers who can run past me,” adds Igbinoghene. “There’s not a lot of receivers who can get past me, I’m not going to lie. If he’s fast, he’s fast, but there’s not a lot of receivers as fast as me.”
His father won five SEC championships in triple jump and long jump at Mississippi State. Meanwhile, his mother sprinted for Alabama and won a bronze medal for Nigeria at the 1996 Olympics.
Coaches believe Igbinoghene’s focus, discipline and intelligence aligns nicely with traits being sought by Dolphins coaches and their defensive coordinator, Josh Boyer.
Time will tell!