Redskins full NFL first-round mock: Is Chase Young the one?
By Ian Cummings
The classified blueprints for the “Tank for Tua” movement specifically state that the Miami Dolphins are supposed to gain the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, to ensure their desired selection. That part hasn’t gone according to plan, as a number of NFL teams, including the Redskins and Jets, have been a lot worse than expected.
Still, by the luck of the positional needs draw, and with a little help from the classic supply and demand model, the Dolphins are still in position to grab Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa at No. 4 overall. They might not follow the tanking blueprint to a tee, but as long as the end result is the same, the Dolphins shouldn’t be complaining.
People might overthink Tua Tagovailoa because he’s only 6-foot-1, or because he’s left-handed, or because he plays for Alabama, a school known for its college-only quarterbacks. But Tagovailoa has more than enough plus traits to succeed at the NFL level.
Tagovailoa’s trademark trait is his accuracy, and his understanding of leveraging throws to benefit the wide receiver. He doesn’t have transcendent arm strength, but he generates velocity well enough, much like Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Tagovailoa couples his passing traits with his mobility, and overall, he’s a multi-faceted signal caller who can help the Dolphins take the next step in their rebuild.