2020 NFL mock draft: Dolphins trade up for Tua

Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama Crimson Tide. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)
Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama Crimson Tide. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) /
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Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama Crimson Tide
Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama Crimson Tide. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) /

. Quarterback. Miami Dolphins. Tua Tagovailoa. 3. player. 59

The Miami Dolphins make the first splash of the draft, trading up two spots to select Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. With a clean bill of health, Tua is ticketed for the top-five picks, and by sending the No. 5 pick, and a late first to the Detroit Lions, the Dolphins make sure they get their guy this April.

Tua’s injury this past season was a scary one, as many feared he would suffer the same fate as former Los Angeles Raiders running back Bo Jackson. However, he has had nothing  but positive tests since the injury, and in Miami, he becomes the franchise quarterback this team has been missing since Dan Marino.

In order to do this trade, Miami will have to give up a late first rounder, but they still have two this season, and two in 2021. That is more than enough draft capital to turn this franchise around, but it all starts with the quarterback position, and they  get a great long-term solution with Tagovailoa here at No. 3.

player. 31. . Linebacker/Safety. New York Giants. Isaiah Simmons. 4

The New York Giants have used early draft picks on the offensive side of the ball over the past two drafts, bringing in running back Saquon Barkley two years ago, and quarterback Daniel Jones this past year. Both Barkley and Jones, contrary to their head coach stating no-one has a set spot, are cornerstones of this offense, and now they must add young talent to the defense.

Picking at No. 4 overall, the Giants could be in play for a trade, as there are plenty of teams behind them that need a quarterback. However, the team should stand pat at No. 4 and bring in the most versatile defensive player in this draft class, and that is Isaiah Simmons, a linebacker/safety hybrid from Clemson.

The fact is that this Giants defense was atrocious this past season, and they need all the help they can get as they enter 2020. No matter how good the offense will be with Jones and Barkley, the defense has to take a step forward this season or else it will be another year finishing at the bottom of the NFC East.