BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Even though Buffalo doesn’t have a first-round pick this year, that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of things to watch if you’re a Bills fan. We’re taking a look at what the rest of the division is doing while Brandon Beane and company watches and waits for round two on Friday.
AFC East 2020 first-round picks:
Dolphins – With the 5th overall pick, Miami got their quarterback and selected, Tua Tagovailoa from Alabama. Just like the Bills have been searching for their franchise quarterback since Jim Kelly retired and hoped they found it in Josh Allen, the Dolphins are in a similar situation. They’re now hoping Tagovailoa can develop into that guy for Miami and fill the void left by Dan Marino.
Despite his injury history, the Dolphins go with the former Alabama star. In 2019, Tagovailoa’s season was cut short after dislocating his right hip just nine games into the year which ended his season. But when healthy, he is a stud. In just those nine games last season Tagovailoa threw for 2,840 yards and 33 touchdowns and just three interceptions. In 2018 he finished second in the Heisman Trophy race.
With their second pick in the first round, the Dolphins added help for Tagovailoa or as Roger Goodell said before he announced the pick “good news for Tua” selecting USC offensive tackle, Austin Jackson with the 18th overall pick.
Jackson is expected to step into the Dolphins’ starting left tackle role on that revamped offensive line. But Jackson’s biggest contribution came off the field when he donated bone marrow to his little sister, Autumn in the summer of 2019. Autumn suffers from Diamond-Blackfin anemia which is a rare genetic disorder.
The Dolphins trade the 26th overall pick to the Packers and in exchange get the 30th and 136th overall picks.
With the 30th overall pick, the Dolphins go defense and pick cornerback, Noah Igbinoghene out of Auburn. The Tigers originally signed him as a wide receiver in 2017 but when he couldn’t find a spot in the starting rotation, he switched to cornerback for his sophomore year in 2018 and earned a starting spot then and eventually become their number one on the depth chart last year for his junior season. He then decided to forgo his senior season and enter the draft after his junior season. He also became the Tigers’ primary kick returner and had a kickoff return for a touchdown in bth his sophomore and junior seasons.
Jets – With the 11th overall pick, the Jets selected Louisville offensive tackle, Mekhi Becton looking to add better protection for quarterback Sam Darnold. The Jets gave up 52 sacks last season, the third most in the NFL. At 6′ 7″, 364 pounds Becton started all 11 games for the Cardinals last year and ended the year with First-Team All-ACC honors.
Becton is Louisville’s third-highest NFL draft pick in school history.
Patriots – New England trades out of the first-round, trading the 23rd overall pick to the Chargers for picks 37 and 71. The 37th overall pick is their next pick coming up in the second round.