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There is one NFL team that could truly throw the Miami Dolphins for a loop if they hope to make a trade up from No. 5 into the top three of the 2020 NFL draft.

It’s the Washington Redskins, who own the second overall pick and could possibly stray away from what many believe they might do in the draft.

Conventional wisdom says Washington selects Ohio State defensive end Chase Young, who many feel is the best overall player in April’s draft, after the Cincinnati Bengals take LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the first pick.

Washington could also be open for business with the No. 2 pick where a team like Miami could be the highest bidder, putting general manager Chris Grier and coach Brian Flores in the position of drafting Young or Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.


The Redskins told Tagovailoa they want to bring him to Washington to compete with second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins during their meeting at the NFL combine, a source told the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

“They felt like Dwayne was not the guy right now,” the source said. “They want to bring in Tua, just get it going and compete.”

Still Tagovailoa would prefer to be drafted by the Dolphins, and believes Miami is a good fit for him the source added.

Tagovailoa, who will likely be available with the No. 2 pick, said he will be medically cleared from his hip injury on March 9, and will hold a pro day workout on April 9 to offer a glimpse of his recovery process to NFL teams.

If Tagovailoa’s hip checks out medically and his workout is impressive, the interest for the lefty former Alabama standout could gain even more steam from other teams before the draft begins April 23 in Las Vegas.

But would Washington really pass on Young?

And would Redskins owner Dan Snyder give new coach Ron Rivera the clearance to pick a new quarterback after being adamant about the organization drafting Haskins a year ago with the No. 15 pick?

Snyder’s preference to draft Haskins was a contentious point in the firing last season of former Redskins coach Jay Gruden, who wanted Daniel Jones before he was taken sixth overall by the New York Giants.

But Rivera, who led the Carolina Panthers to a Super Bowl run in 2015, could be given the leeway to pick his own quarterback to begin his tenure as Redskins coach.

“You can win because of him, and you can win with him. That’s what’s exciting. He’s got that type of potential, but he’s got to grow into it and nothing will be given,” Rivera said of Haskins during his combine media session.

“He’s not anointed, that’s for sure. I expect him to come in and compete and work and we’ll see what happens.”

Still, Rivera could prefer to stick with Haskins and choose to further develop the former Ohio State standout, and be open to trading the No. 2 pick for a package of three or four draft picks to fill many of the needs on his new team.

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The Dolphins could offer Washington more than any other team in the NFL with their bounty of picks in the 2020 and 2021 drafts, and the Tagovailoa to the Redskins notion could drive the price up even further for the No. 2 pick.

While the Redskins openly said they are keeping their options open, the Dolphins should continue to gauge Washington’s motives ahead of the draft.

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If you were Tua, where would you want to play?  Miami, basically heaven on earth for a young male athlete, or the Redskins, where QBs go to die?

It is completely logical that the Redskins are going to make the Dolphins trade up for a QB.  They are not letting the Dolphins pick a FQB at 5?  Look at the Jets had to pay for Darnold?

It would be creepy if Rivera actually lied to Tua?  Just say nothing, or make noise in the media.  Don't lie to a kid to his face.

I think Haskins was last year's Josh Rosen.  The Redskins should try and dump him, a second would be nice, and pick up Tua or Herbert.  

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how the hell can Tua “compete” on one leg. There is no way in hell he is going to be even close to ready by camp. If you draft Tua you are not seeing him on the field until at least week 10.

that said... they SHOULD draft him. But not to compete, that’s bullsh*t

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Redskins aren’t passing on a better choice at QB unless Miami wants to move up and offers them so many picks that they cannot refuse. 

You win this game with a good QB and Riviera is going to give himself the best chance to win, grow and progress with his new team by taking Tua instead of Young. You cannot pass on the opportunity to take someone with the smarts, worth ethic and accuracy of Tua Tagovailoa. Haskins was never a good option to me and was one of the most disappointing players that came out of the 2019 1st round. I didn’t see anything that gave me confidence that Haskins is a long term starter. 

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Why are people here saying you take Young over a QB. Sure Young will be good, but how good? Better than Kalil Mack? Mack hasn't moved the needle in Chicago because Trubisky sucks! And so does Haskins! 

Any Jet fan saying take Young over a QB hasn't been paying attention to this team for the last 20 years. The Jets skipped on guys because they had the great Christian Hackenberg. A few years later we had to sell the damn farm to obtain "LUCKILY" Sam Darnold. 

This ain't no bluff on Washingtons part, Rivera believes Tua will be much better than Haskins plain & simple, and the Cardinals are the poster child for moving on. 

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Washington is doing what the Jets should have done last year - creating a market for their pick

That said, Rivera lost his job due to QB injuries, regression - can't win without one and usually do not get a chance for a redo (unless you are the Jets and ignore that second chance (Bridgewater, Watson, Mahomes)

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11 minutes ago, Ohio State NY Jets fan said:

Washington is doing what the Jets should have done last year - creating a market for their pick

That said, Rivera lost his job due to QB injuries, regression - can't win without one and usually do not get a chance for a redo (unless you are the Jets and ignore that second chance (Bridgewater, Watson, Mahomes)

How...? “we are drafting Daniel

Jones to replace the younger QB who led the leuage in passer rating the last 6 weeks of the season”

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51 minutes ago, nico002 said:

How...? “we are drafting Daniel

Jones to replace the younger QB who led the leuage in passer rating the last 6 weeks of the season”

mention that a couple of teams are looking to trade up for a QB - if Washington really wanted Jones, it seems like a missed opportunity to trade down and regain some picks...

beating a dead horse I know but still annoys me that Mac could be that stupid

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11 hours ago, nico002 said:

how the hell can Tua “compete” on one leg. There is no way in hell he is going to be even close to ready by camp. If you draft Tua you are not seeing him on the field until at least week 10.

that said... they SHOULD draft him. But not to compete, that’s bullsh*t

He should, essentially, redshirt.

Miami is a great spot for him.   Fitzpatrick can hold the fort for a year, they can start re building their O Line with all of those draft picks, Tua can get truly healthy for a year, and let him go year 2.   Not starting as a rookie behind a poor O Line isn't a bad thing.  It certainly didn't hurt Mahomes to sit a year and learn how it works at the NFL level while learning an NFL playbook.

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4 hours ago, SR24 said:

I can’t imagine Rivera taking that gig in Washington if they weren’t gonna do things his way tbh. If he wants Tua he’s gonna take him imo. 

I am never a fan of giving up on a QB after one season, but Tua is such a better prospect than Haskins that I can't blame them for seriously considering it. 

You still really have to look at the injuries with Tua. It's not just about him getting medical clearance (which everyone is focused on right now), it's about his durability. 

Also, I forgot Alex Smith existed and that they are still paying him. Taking Tua would be a bold, bold move. 

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The other good news here is that (as many of us have been predicting) it really sounds like Miami is not getting Tua at 5. If they want him, they are going to have to part with some major draft capital. 

As usual, the QB hype is real. You should always assume that QBs are getting picked earlier than later. 

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