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3 Players the Dolphins Should Draft Fifth Overall If Tua Tagovailoa is Off the Board

Tristan Jung
The Miami Dolphins are picking fifth, but head coach Brian Flores and the front office will have a tough decision if another team trades up.
The Miami Dolphins are picking fifth, but head coach Brian Flores and the front office will have a tough decision if another team trades up. / Mark Brown/Getty Images
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The Miami Dolphins are searching for their quarterback of the future, but they might have to wait if things don't break their way. The Dolphins are picking at No. 5 overall, which means they might have to trade up to ensure they get Tua Tagovailoa.

With the Dolphins managing a long-term, full-scale rebuild, parting ways with assets to move up two or three spots might not be worth it, especially with Tagovailoa's health concerns. Also, Miami likely isn't the only team looking to trade up for a QB, as the Los Angeles Chargers and Carolina Panthers could be in the mix as well.

After going 5-11, the Dolphins need help everywhere on the roster. If they don't land Tua, here are three players they could target at No. 5 instead.

1. Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

Justin Herbert had a solid day at the NFL Combine and put up great numbers at Oregon.
Justin Herbert had a solid day at the NFL Combine and put up great numbers at Oregon. / Michael Hickey/Getty Images

If the Dolphins miss on Tagovailoa, taking the next-best quarterback in the draft class would be a fair decision. Justin Herbert could've been in contention for the No. 1 overall pick had he declared last season, and he still has a high ceiling given his arm strength and athleticism. He's not quite as exciting a prospect as Tagovailoa, but he stuffed the stat sheet at Oregon and has the potential to be Miami's long-term starter.

2. Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa

Tristan Wirfs had an incredible combine and was a reliable starter at Iowa.
Tristan Wirfs had an incredible combine and was a reliable starter at Iowa. / Michael Hickey/Getty Images

Another big priority for the Dolphins is protecting whichever passer they end up making their franchise QB. Tristan Wirfs would immediately help to solidify an offensive line that allowed the NFL's fourth-worst sack rate in 2019 (8.6 percent). He ran a 4.85 40-yard dash and is generally considered an NFL-ready prospect. His record at Iowa speaks for itself—he started at left tackle as a true freshman and never looked back. Wirfs would be a great cornerstone for the Dolphins' offensive line at right or left tackle.

3. Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State

Jeffrey Okudah was a fantastic part of Ohio State's secondary.
Jeffrey Okudah was a fantastic part of Ohio State's secondary. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The Dolphins were last in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA metrics in 2019, and they need to start finding NFL-caliber talent in the secondary if they want to contend in the near future. Jeffrey Okudah would be a great place to start, as the Ohio State grad is widely considered to be the best defensive back in the draft. Okudah was a lockdown corner for the Buckeyes and had an impressive day at the NFL Combine, despite dealing with a minor injury. If he falls to No. 5, he'd be a natural fit in Miami.


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Tristan Jung is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Tristan Jung also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username tristan1117. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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