During the Brian Flores era, the Dolphins seemed to have an aversion to drafting running backs in high rounds. In fact, every one of the four running backs drafted by Miami from 2019-2021 was picked in the 7th round. That could change this coming season with Mike McDaniel at the helm, and it should have changed with the 30th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Jonathan Taylor was a force in the backfield at the University of Wisconsin. He was a two-time unanimous All-American, as well as a back-to-back winner of the Doak Walker award, given to the best running back in the country. He rushed for over 6,000 yards in three seasons and scored a total of 55 touchdowns.
The Miami Dolphins were coming off of a season in which their leading rusher was a quarterback who played in 15 games and amassed 243 yards. Mark Walton, Patrick Laird, and Kallen Ballage were also in the top five. So naturally, they would pass on one of the best running back prospects in years in order to draft Noah Igbinoghene, who played just 78 defensive snaps in 2021 despite being mostly healthy.