The Miami Dolphins will have the No.5 overall pick in the NFL draft on April 23rd after finishing the 2019 NFL regular season with a record of 5-11. Most football analysts expect the Miami Dolphins to select a quarterback with their first pick in the draft. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has not been shy about stating the club’s intention is to draft a quarterback with the fifth overall pick. The big question is which of the quarterbacks remaining on the board will the Dolphins choose.
Quarterback Joe Burrow is expected to be chosen by the Cincinnati Bengals with the No. 1 overall pick leaving Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and Oregon Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert as the top two remaining quarterbacks. Both Tagovailoa and Herbert are expected to be available when the Dolphins select. The Dolphins new signal-caller will one day replace current Miami starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is 37 years old and likely preparing to play his last NFL season.
The Miami Dolphins have had two previous quarterbacks (Bob Griese and Dan Marino) reach the NFL Hall of Fame and have not selected a quarterback with their first pick since 2012 when the Dolphins picked Ryan Tannehill. Miami is loaded with draft picks this season with 14 including 5 out of the first 56. Tagovailoa has had his stock value drop due to worries about a long-term hip injury that he suffered this past season with Alabama.
In contrast, Herbert has seen his stock rise considerably since the NFL combine. The former Ducks star has solid arm strength, excellent size and scored higher on the Wonderlic test than Tagovailoa. Tua put up big numbers during college but the worry about his durability and readiness to play is a big question mark.
With the No. 5 pick overall in Thursday's NFL draft, the Miami Dolphins are expected to select a quarterback. Miami will pick Oregon Ducks signal-caller Justin Herbert, who is known for his size (6-foot-6, 237 lbs.), arm strength and accuracy. In 2019 with Oregon, Herbert threw for 3,471 yards, 32 touchdowns and just six interceptions, while completing 66.8% of his passes. Herbert will likely not start the season under center for Miami but expect Herbert to see action early and eventually take over the role as the Dolphins No. 1 QB.