The moment so many Dolphins fans have been waiting and hoping for finally arrived Thursday night!
The first round of the 2020 NFL “virtual” draft saw Miami go for Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa in the fifth pick.
He passed for 7,442 yards in his college career, with 87 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions. Tagovailoa led the Crimson Tide to a championship title in 2017. He started 24 of his 25 games, and got Alabama back to the title game in 2018.
The ‘Fins are hoping he’ll stick around and follow in the successful footsteps of Dan Marino and Bob Griese, both of whom are members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Miami controls the draft this year, with 14 picks.
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To start off the draft, the Cincinnati Bengals selected Joe Burrow, the former quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner from LSU, in the first pick.
He will most likely start his professional career as the Bengals’ starting quarterback, after leading the Tigers to an undefeated season and their fourth championship last season.
Burrow also led the country last season with 5,671 passing yards, and set an NCAA record with 60 touchdown passes in 15 starts during his senior year.
The Washington Redskins chose Ohio State defensive end Chase Young in the second pick. During his career with the Buckeyes, he was just the ninth defensive end to be a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. Chase had 16.5 sacks last year and 30.5 during his Ohio State career.
The Detroit Lions took Jeff Okudah, who was also with the Buckeyes as a cornerback, in the third pick of the night.
Meanwhile, the Giants selected Andrew Thomas, the tackle from Georgia, for the fourth pick, and the LA Chargers went for Justin Herbert, former Oregon quarterback, in the sixth pick.
The Carolina Panthers went with Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown in the seventh pick, while the Arizona Cardinals chose former Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons.