The Miami Dolphins owned the 18th overall pick in the 2020 draft and so far, it is unclear if Austin Jackson was the right choice.
In a pick the Dolphins received from the Steelers for the Minkah Fitzpatrick trade, the Dolphins used the selection on Jackson. Jackson was coming off some minor medicals particularly due to his helping his sister.
Two seasons later, the offensive tackle is now a guard and it isn’t clear if he will take a step forward. If we could go back, Tristan Wirfs would have been a much better choice. Wirfs has looked very good in Tampa Bay and still has room to get better. Jackson? His improvement capability will be known this year with Matt Applebaum now coaching him.
Had Miami not taken a tackle at all in this position, they very well should have upgraded the center position. Cesar Ruiz has looked very good in New Orleans and he may have been Miami’s target at pick 26. Miami would trade that selection to Green Bay.
Both Wirfs and Ruiz would be upgrades over an unsteady Austin Jackson but we can’t write Jackson off just yet, but there were, in hindsight better options with the 18th overall pick.