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On Thursday night, the Miami Dolphins used the fifth overall pick to select Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
With the selection, Tagovailoa becomes just the fifth quarterback ever to be taken by the Dolphins in the first round. Historically, doing so has gone pretty well for Miami.
Two of the previous four are currently in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Another was a 6-year starter for the team. One just didn’t work out.
Without further ado, here’s a look at the quarterbacks taken by the Dolphins in Round No. 1:
Rick Norton (1966-69)
Selected: Second overall in 1966 AFL Draft (Kentucky)
Stats with Dolphins: 41% completions, 1,751 passing yards, 6 touchdown passes, 30 interceptions
Notable Accomplishments: Threw first touchdown pass in Dolphins’ history
Overview: This one gets an asterisk since Rick Norton was taken in the AFL Draft. Norton’s time in Miami however, was a disaster. In 11 careers starts, Norton went just 1-10 for Miami.
Bob Griese (1967-80)
Selected: Fourth overall in 1967 NFL Draft (Purdue)
Stats with Dolphins: 56% completions, 25,092 passing yards, 192 touchdown passes, 172 interceptions
Notable Accomplishments: 8-time Pro Bowler, 2-time Super Bowl champion, led NFL in touchdowns passes and passer rating in 1977, led NFL in completion percentage in 1978, 1990 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee
Overview: The highest quarterback ever taken by Miami in the NFL Draft, Bob Griese was part of three Miami teams to reach the Super Bowl. Griese quarterbacked Miami to two Super Bowl victories. Although the Dolphins’ offenses were known for the ground game, Griese was known for his efficiency, making eight Pro Bowls. He was a 2-time first-team All-Pro.
Dan Marino (1983-99)
Selected: 27th overall in 1983 NFL Draft (Pittsburgh)
Stats with Dolphins: 59% completions, 61,361 passing yards, 420 touchdown passes, 252 interceptions
Notable Accomplishments: 9-time Pro Bowler, 1984 NFL MVP, led NFL in passing yards five times, led NFL in touchdown passes three times, led NFL in passer rating in 1984, set single-season records for passing yards and touchdowns in 1984, retired as NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards, completions and touchdowns passes, 2005 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee
Overview: Dan Marino held virtually every NFL passing record at the time of his retirement in 1999. Marino only led the Dolphins to one Super Bowl, but changed the way the quarterback position is played in the NFL. In 1984, Marino set single-season records touchdown passes and passing yards. He’s still the only Dolphin ever to be named the league’s MVP.
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Ryan Tannehill (2012-18)
Selected: Eighth overall in 2012 NFL Draft (Texas A&M)
Stats with Dolphins: 63% completions, 23,176 yards passing, 145 touchdown passes, 81 interceptions
Notable Accomplishments: 8-5 as a starter in 2016 as Dolphins reached playoffs for first time in eight years
Overview: The Miami Dolphins never won fewer than six games during Ryan Tannehill’s tenure as quarterback, but they made the playoffs just once. In 2016, Miami finished 10-6, but Tanneheill was injured late in the season and it was Matt Moore who made the postseason start. He also missed all of 2017 with a knee injury. Tannehill was largely inconsistent, but plagued by poor offensive line play throughout his career.
Tua Tagovailoa (2020-Present)
Selected: Fifth overall in 2020 NFL Draft (Alabama)
Stats with Dolphins: TBD
Notable Accomplishments: TBD
Overview: The verdict is obviously still out on Tua Tagovailoa. A national championship-winning quarterback at Alabama, Tagovailoa is raved about for his mechanics, but does have a significant injury history. Time will tell whether Miami made the right pick.