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With the 30th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Dolphins selected Auburn cornerback Noah Igbinoghene.
A two-year contributor at the cornerback position, Igbinoghene finished his college career with 19 passes defended and one interception, which came in 2018. In 2019, Igbinoghene finished with 42 tackles and seven passes defended.
Evaluating Igbinoghene is tricky. Igbinoghene began his Auburn career as a wide receiver before making the switch to cornerback in 2018. He has the athletic build that people desire for the position. At the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine, Igbinoghene ran a 4.48 40-yard dash.
The lack of production and mental lapses makes him a tough projection. If he can clean up the issues on film, Igbinoghene has everything athletically. Igbinoghene is capable of playing press man coverage immediately but overall, his game needs more development.
While Igbinoghene will have to continue to develop defensively, the raw cornerback has experience on special teams, where he can make an impact early on in his career.
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What the Analysts Say
The ceiling isn’t even nearly scratched with Igbinoghene, but you should not rely on him to start in Year 1, unless you are comfortable with some growing pains. –Ben Solak, The Draft Network
For the next level, Igbinoghene has some areas of improvement. He can be a bit physical downfield at times, so cutting down on contact will help him to avoid penalties. Igbinoghene also has some raw elements and could use development with his vision. –Charlie Campbell, Walter Football
The Miami Dolphins addressed cornerback in free agency with Byron Jones to pair with Xavien Howard, so Igbinoghene is a luxury pick.
As Miami aims to play with five or six defensive backs on a lot of defensive plays, expect Igbinoghene to be a nickel cornerback in the beginning for Miami.