2020 NFL Mock Draft, Week 3: First-round projections – Justin Herbert rising?

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Tua Tagovailoa
QB Alabama

The Dolphins are fully on board the “Tanking for Tua” train. Even after trading for Josh Rosen in the offseason, look for Miami to still go quarterback if they end up with the first overall pick like it seems to be heading.

After a phenomenal sophomore season, Tua Tagovailoa has picked up right where he left off so far in 2019. Through three games, Tagovailoa has completed 77 percent of his passes for 899 yards and 12 touchdowns to no interceptions.

A lot was made about Tagovailoa’s lackluster finish to the 2019 season. He injured his ankle against Georgia in the SEC Championship Game, and after struggling for most of the game, had to be bailed out by Jalen Hurts off the bench for Alabama to capture the SEC Championship Game. After easily picking apart a lackluster Oklahoma defense in the Orange Bowl, Tagovailoa threw two interceptions against Clemson in the title game and Alabama was kept off the scoreboard for the final 44-minutes of game action in Santa Clara.

Tagovailoa is fully healthy again, and he has made the three defenses he has faced so far this year pay. With an embarrassment of riches at wide receiver, Tagovailoa is likely to put up silly numbers all season long as the Crimson Tide piles up the points on the scoreboard.

There’s some questions about his arm strength, but his accuracy and ability to read the field makes up for any perceived weakness. He can make every throw on the field, and could be the franchise quarterback the Dolphins have been thirsty for.

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