With the 30th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins select cornerback Noah Igbinoghene, Auburn.
The Dolphins have pulled a fast one on the rest of the league. Miami sold hard that it was going to be all-in on its offensive rebuild with its early picks in Thursday’s first round. The Dolphins, who invested heavily with their secondary with the signing of cornerback Byron Jones this offseason, weren’t perceived as needing a cornerback.
But Igbinoghene has a sky-high ceiling, which has been a theme for the Dolphins through each of their first three selections. In Igbinoghene, Miami is attacking a strength by making it an identity. Brian Flores’ defense recruited a ton of defensive backs in 2019, and there’s no such thing as too many good cornerbacks. Miami will look to tap into his potential in its efforts to become a top-flight defense.
Our scouts say: “Igbinoghene is a high ceiling cornerback at the NFL level. With just two seasons of experience playing corner, he is facing tremendous growth in the coming years as he becomes more natural defending receivers at the catch point and further developing the finer points of the position. Igbinoghene, a former track star, is an explosive athlete with elite body control and will present as a starter in the long run. The only question is how long he takes to round into form.”