The Dolphins may prefer to select Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert over Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa with the No.5-overall pick in the upcoming draft according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.
Most outlets have mocked Tua to the Dolphins at No. 5, though Salguero cautions not to “dismiss” the possibility of them drafting Herbert in that slot.
Per Salguero, Miami is “not fully sold” on Tagovailoa, citing durability concerns raised from his recent hip injury, which spelled an early end to his final season in Tuscaloosa. “Tua is a great player,” owner Stephen Ross acknowledged in recent remarks. “I just worry about his health.”
Meanwhile the Dolphins are reportedly smitten with Herbert’s enticing package of size (6’6″/237), arm talent and mobility. Despite struggling with inconsistency throughout his four-year stay at Oregon, Herbert’s stock appears to be on the rise following a strong showing at last month’s Senior Bowl in Alabama. Miami’s decision at No. 5 will be one of the major plot lines of this year’s draft.
And whichever QB does go to Miami, the other should not have to wait long to herar his name called with two QB-needy teams in the Chargers and Panthers holding the two pick immediately after Miami’s. It should be a fun spring.
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