TideSports.com has stories on each UA draftee as they are selected. Here is the story on Jedrick Wills Jr. going No. 10 overall, Henry Ruggs III going No. 12 overall and Jerry Jeudy going No. 15 overall.
Tua Tagovailoa’s injury history was not too much for the Miami Dolphins to overcome.
The former University of Alabama quarterback was selected with the fifth overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, ending months of speculation on how NFL teams would view the ankle and hip injuries he suffered as UA’s starting quarterback.
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) April 24, 2020
“Probably means as much to me as any player ever for what he was able to accomplish here, not only as a player but as a person,” UA coach Nick Saban said on Alabama football’s Instagram account. “One of the most popular players we had here with our fan base and certainly could not have done more as a player.
“We’re so thankful that the Dolphins made a good decision to pick him.”
Tagovailoa was the second quarterback off the board, coming after No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow to the Cincinnati Bengals. He is drafted ahead of other highly rated quarterbacks including Oregon’s Justin Herbert and Utah State’s Jordan Love, but that is not a surprise.
“With Tua and Herbert, I think there is a gap between them,” NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah said. “I think Tua is a more instinctive, natural player. He’s got better instincts. He’s just got a better feel. I think he’s got better touch and accuracy. He can layer the ball a little bit better. I think he’s more urgent and sudden in terms of working through progressions.”
Last year’s fifth overall pick, Devin White, signed a contract worth $29.3 million.