What We Saw: Round 1 of the NFL Draft
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Dolphins
The big worry with Tua Tagovailoa is his extensive injury history. Especially, the major hip injury he suffered at the end of the 2019 season. Everything seems to be on the up and up in terms of his recovery. He was examined at the Combine and by independent doctors afterward and all reports are that he is recovering very well and looked sharp when he worked out for teams before the draft. The Dolphins felt comfortable with his outlook and potential that they grabbed him at pick five.
Luckily for Tua and the Dolphins, they have a perfect stopgap starter in Ryan Fitzpatrick to start as many games as needed this year. He doesn’t need to rush back from the various injuries he has dealt with. I do see Tua starting at some point this season but he can be avoided in redraft formats unless he is announced the starter right off the bat. In terms of dynasty formats, he has a big risk/reward profile but if you can stash him for a year or two it could pay off huge. He should be picked behind the big-time running backs and receivers.
Effect On New Team
This has the potential to elevate the entire offense. The Dolphins will try to build around Tua and his strengths. They have more holes to fill but a franchise quarterback is an excellent place to start. His biggest strength is his accuracy which is a change from Fitzpatrick and his gunslinging ways. That would lead to more receptions and catchable passes for his receivers. Tua is also known to be a great locker room presence which is important since he is coming in to be a leader.