Dolphins could pass on Tagovailoa, draft Herbert

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

If the Miami Dolphins lose out on drafting Tua Tagovailoa with their Top 5 pick in next week’s NFL Draft, the Dolphins have interest in Justin Herbert, according to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson. Tagovailoa could be gone when the Dolphins pick at five.

While they have been intrigued by the Hawai’ian, the Detroit Lions also reportedly have interest in Tagovailoa. He could be drafted with their Top 3 pick. 

South quarterback Justin Herbert runs drills during a Senior Bowl practice
South quarterback Justin Herbert runs drills during a Senior Bowl practice (Photo by the Associated Press/Butch Dill)

Jackson claims that the Dolphins have done more work than any other team over the last two seasons on Herbert. The odds are very high that Herbert will be a Top 10 pick, as the Los Angeles Chargers are also expected to be interested in his services. 

The media has linked Herbert to the Dolphins, even if Tagovailoa is still on the board. It could be a smoke screen, as teams and media do before the draft, or legitimate information. 

Part of Tagovailoa’s draft stock will be determined by his medical records — especially since he is coming off of a hip injury. He suffered the injury last November against the Mississippi State Bulldogs. 

He dislocated his hip on a play against the Bulldogs and had surgery to repair the injury in Birmingham, Alabama. He has been seen throwing since the injury, as teams view his tapes before the draft. 

The Cincinnati Bengals are expected to use the No. 1 overall pick on Joe Burrow. Herbert could potentially be the second quarterback drafted — especially if Tagovailoa falls down the draft. 

It’ll be interesting to see how the draft falls following the second pick. Besides Burrow, the Washington Redskins are expected to draft elite pass rusher Chase Young. After that, the draft is going to get very interesting.

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