Here’s the latest installment of our Miami Dolphins Q&A, where South Florida Sun Sentinel writers Safid Deen and Omar Kelly answer questions from readers.
<mark class="hl_orange">Q:</mark> What position, or player should the Dolphins draft with its top-five pick coming from Houston? — Rafa Navajas
<mark class="hl_tblue">A: </mark> At this point it’s too early to name names, but the goal of what Miami should try to achieve with the top- five (likely top three) draft pick they get from the Houston Texans for the Laremy Tunsil and Kenny Stills trade made last year should be a franchise-changing talent.
The Dolphins are in position to land a premiere player in the 2020 draft and need to either select one — whether he plays a position of need or not — or use the pick to trade for an elite player or a bounty of draft assets.
When I say trade for an elite player I’m talking about a Khalil Mack- or Aaron Donald-type talent. I’m referring to a franchise-changing player at a premium position, which occasionally hits the market because of a falling out with an organization or money demands.
And to be honest, I’m not sure the Dolphins wouldn’t be able to use their second first-round pick to get that done.
That top-five selection is a premium asset, probably the most valuable thing this franchise has right now, and Miami might be able to turn it into multiple first-round selections if there’s a handful of teams interested in landing Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, BYU quarterback Zach Wilson or North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance, who are three of the four quarterbacks expected to go in the first round.
The Dolphins could create a bidding war from a team trying to land their preferred quarterbacks, and a trade down could set the franchise up for years to come. I think Miami could get three first-round picks for it.
But Miami should strongly consider selecting one of those quarterbacks themselves and having him compete with Tua Tagovailoa.
While I firmly believe Tagovailoa will become a top-10 quarterback in time, there’s no harm in having two quarterbacks selected in the first round on your roster and having them compete with each other.
Quarterback will indeed be a position of need this offseason if Ryan Fitzpatrick doesn’t return, and I feel it’s wise to have two young quarterbacks with the same style of play compete.
The San Diego Chargers took that approach when they had Drew Brees and selecting Philip Rivers three years later. That situation worked out well for them, and the New Orleans Saints. You can always trade the lessor quarterbacks, and we don’t know if Tagovailoa’s durability issues will surface again. Why can’t two first-round quarterbacks work in Miami, even if the quarterbacks are only one year apart?
The goal should be the leave the draft with a premiere player, and if Miami’s evaluators have a quarterback rated as a top-five talent in this draft class pull the trigger.
The Dolphins can add offensive and defensive linemen, receivers, linebackers, pass rushers and a tailback with their other draft selections, or via free agency.
The goal with that top-five pick should be to change the trajectory of this franchise by adding a player who can set the franchise up for success for a decade.
Whether its one of those quarterbacks, Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell, Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons or a receiver like LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase or Alabama’s DeVonta Smith, the Dolphins are in an ideal spot to get what they want and need.
We need to let the draft process play out to figure out who this class’ elite talents are, evaluating each players’ character, mental aptitude, work ethic, medical history, commitment to football and then go from there.
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Email Safid Deen, or tag @OmarKelly or @Safid_Deen on Twitter.
<mark class="hl_tblue">Previously answered:</mark>
Why does Ryan Fitzpatrick produce more chunk plays than Tua Tagovailoa?
Who should be Miami’s starting tailback (if everyone was available)?
Can Dolphins be certain to reach the postseason with 10 wins?
What are the Dolphins’ realistic chances of winning AFC East?
Are the Miami Dolphins a top-five team in the NFL?
Why was RB Jordan Howard a disappointment in Miami?
Which receiver will step up in Preston Williams' absence?
Is Brian Flores proving he’s an elite defensive coach?
What does Isaiah Ford’s trade mean for rest of the receiver unit?
How would Ryan Fitzpatrick have fared instead of Tua Tagovailoa against the Rams?
Why did Miami trade for Lynn Bowden Jr., who was struggling with Raiders?