With the 30th overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft, the Miami Dolphins selected Noah Igbinoghene, a raw but talented cornerback out of Auburn. After only playing corner for two years in college, Igbinoghene’s raw athleticism helped him become a first round pick. He’s taken his lumps in his rookie year, but has a bright future ahead of him.
When Byron Jones got injured in week two, the Dolphins coaching staff chose to let Igbinoghene to shadow star receiver Stefon Diggs. Let’s just say it did not go well. That performance led to some retooling of his role going forward. Unfortunately for the young rookie, that included less playing time after Jones returned.
After he struggled against the Seattle Seahawks, Igbinoghene saw his snap count decrease exponentially. The rookie has played 23 total defensive snaps in the last two games. On special teams, he has played only four combined snaps in the last two games. It appears that the first rounder has found himself in the doghouse.
Going forward, Igbinoghene profiles as a cornerback who can be excellent in this league. Head coach Brian Flores may have decided to use 2020 as a redshirt year for Igbinoghene. Transitioning to the NFL is difficult, especially at cornerback. He will be fine going forward, but may even find himself behind Needham on the depth chart.