Miami Dolphins draft: Does Tagovailoa have any influence on the draft?
By Brian Miller
When the Miami Dolphins draft begins later this month, Tua Tagovailoa may have a big impact on who the Dolphins draft this year.
No, I’m not saying that Tagovailoa will force the Dolphins’ hand or that they would even listen to him if he pounded the table but if you think they won’t ask his opinion, you would probably be wrong.
If the Dolphins are looking at the receiver at pick six and both Ja’Marr Chase and Kyle Pitts are gone, I can’t believe for a moment that Chris Grier isn’t going to say, “Tua, which one you want? Waddle or Smith”. Grier has to weigh which players fit better in their system and which players may already be on the team with a similar skillset and ultimately, that will be what directs Grier to make that choice, but if there is any question about which one, they will at least ask.
At 18, many fans are hoping that Najee Harris will be the guy, should he be on the board. Tagovailoa is very good friends with Harris and as Tagovailoa’s mother puts it if one goes they both go. The possibility of Tua having Harris behind him in the offense would be amazing for both players and could definitely improve the Dolphins’ offense but it is unclear if the Dolphins view Harris that high.
There has been some recent speculation that Harris could fall into round two but that too would be incredibly unlikely. Harris is the top running back in this class but opinions on him vs. another running back vary. Some believe that Travis Etienne is better and still others see Javonte Williams as the best runner. If they are all there in round two for whatever reason, Tua could, again, be asked about his friend.
The Dolphins do seem to be heading towards an Alabama heavy draft and could even draft Landon Dickerson to go with a Waddle/Smith and Harris draft. It would be interesting if nothing else should that happen. Either way, Tua’s input into this draft this year will be interesting to say the least and Chris Grier should absolutely be picking his brain about them.