We play the “What If” game and look at the players that the Miami Dolphins could have drafted instead of Noah Igbinoghene.
We are still in the thick of free agency and the first couple of weeks of the new league year, but the NFL Draft is just a few short weeks away. Last week, the final compensatory picks were announced, finalizing the order for the event that begins on April 28th. The Miami Dolphins will have needs to fill, and hold the 29th overall pick in the first round.
When it comes to evaluating general manager Chris Grier and his ability to scout young talent, there are dissenting opinions all over the board. He has put together some of the most pathetic draft classes that the Dolphins’ fan base has seen in recent memory, but seemed to redeem himself in 2021 by drafting a group that looks to have multiple long-time contributors.
But the jury is still very much out on Grier’s 2020 draft class. The focal point always has been and always will be quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, but this was the year that Miami had a trove of draft picks, and needed to capitalize. In addition to Tua, they had two other first round selections: Austin Jackson and Noah Igbinoghene. Yikes. The selections of Robert Hunt and Raekwon Davis in the second round gave the draft class a bit of a redemption, but the first round sticks out like a sore thumb for Grier and Miami.
While Jackson has shown some flashes of potential, Igbinoghene struggles to even find himself on the field. And it got me to thinking, who could the Miami Dolphins have selected over the cornerback out of Auburn?
Proceed with caution.