For many teams, drafting Tua Tagovailoa would be a good enough draft victory, but not the Dolphins who casted off loads of talent in 2019 (Laremy Tunsil and Minkah Fitzpatrick to name just a few) to sit here in 2020 with a big harvest in talent. With the 18th and 30th (in trade with Green Bay) overall picks, the Dolphins selected USC offensive tackle Austin Jackson and Auburn cornerback Noah Igbinoghene.
Jackson is a replacement for Tunsil and while he isn’t as good talent wise, there’s raw talent to develop. He’s got a lot of inconsistencies in his film, but the Dolphins would be unwise to get their potentially injury-prone quarterback of the future and not protect him moving forward.
As for Igbinoghene, he’s a fascinating athlete with great pedigree, as he’s the son of two former Olympians in track and field. Igbinoghene is a strong man-to-man corner with decent size and is a former receiver turned aggressive tackler.
What is interesting is how he fits with Xavien Howard and Byron Jones who are both highly paid. While Howard is recovering from a knee injury that saddled him for 11 games, that’s a lot of money devoted to one position group. We’ll see how much the Dolphins use him in zone and if he begins the season in the slot or if he holds as the team’s CB4.
Igbinoghene solidifies a crucial position in the NFL and for the Dolphins create depth and strength at corner, so while he’s not really an IDP corner yet, his tackling skill should be watched.
As for Jackson, he will probably be groomed to be the left tackle; the Dolphins just need to remember that it’s the right side that is Tagovailoa’s blind side.