In the 54 year history of the Dolphins, Miami has drafted a quarterback in the first round of the draft only 4 times in its history: Bob Greise, 4th overall in 1967 Dan Marino, 27th overall in 1983 Ryan Tannehill, 8th overall in 2012 Tua Tagovailoa, 5th overall in 2020 Bob Griese The 1967 season was Miami's second year in the league and Griese was the back-up to John Stofa. All of that changed rather quickly. Stofa broke his ankle in the first quarter or the first game and Griese was catapulted into the starter role. In his debut, Griese went 12/19 for 193 yards, 2 TDs and 2 Ints, leading the Dolphins to a 35-21 win. The Dolphins would only win 3 more games that season and his next 3 seasons under Head Coach George Wilson would be equally disastrous until the Dolphins hired Don Shula from Baltimore in 1970. That's when the Dolphins took off, going 10-4 in Shula's inaugural season. Dan Marino Marino's 1983 season was a start and pause, start and pause the a rocket launch. The Dolphins had just come off of a Super Bowl appearance with David Woodley as quarterback, so the drafting of Marino puzzled many in the sports world, but this was THE player that Shula wanted. Marino's debut was the Monday night game against the Raiders. Woodley had been playing poorly and Shula replaced Woodley with Marino in the 3rd quarter. Marino went 11/17 for 90 yards and 2 TD's in the 27-14 loss to the Raiders, but Marino's stock was quickly on the rise. Woodley started the following week against the Saints but once again, Shula replaced Woodley and his disastrous outing with Marino, going 12/22 for 150 yards with 1TD and 1 Int in Miami's 17-7 loss to the Saints. Marino got the start the following week against Buffalo going 19/29 for 322 yards, 3TDs and 2 Ints in a close loss to Buffalo, 38-35. Marino's ability to effectively move the offense and score cemented his starting role and Miami would lose only one more regular season game against New England, finishing 12-4. As a starter his rookie season, Marino was 9-2. Ryan Tannehill The 2012 season was the first for new head coach Joe Philbin. Miami drafted Tannehill to be the heir apparent to then starter Matt Moore, but Tannehill was given the start at the beginning of the season, the first Miami rookie quarterback to start the first game of the season. Against the Texans, Tannehill initially seemed impressive but ultimately spiraled downhill with Tannehill going 20/36 for 219 yards, 3 Ints. Tannehill would bounce back for a rookie quarterback, finishing the season 282/484 for 3294 yards, 12TDs and 13 Ints, leading the Dolphins to a 7-9 record under the rookie quarterback and rookie head coach. Tua Tagovailoa So what is the history of Tagovaioa to come? Difficult to say. Historically of the 3 previous first round draft picks, it seems the safe bet is to slowly work Tagovailoa into the game as was done with Marino. Griese and Tannehill were both thrusted into the starting job and their inaugural seasons were lackluster. Granted, Griese under Shula and Tannehill under Vrabel thrived and excelled after being forced to endure horrid initial seasons but does thrusting Tagovailoa into the lime light so early the smart long term play? Personally, I feel Tagovailoa actually has a great mentor in Fitzpatrick. I've often said before that to be a great coach you have to be a great player. That's rarely been the case. Fitz has been in the league for a number of years....lots of experience and he knows his days are numbered. He's been treated well in Miami and I just can't help but to think he'll be a great mentor to Tagovailoa for the inevitable transition.