Update on Dolphins’ likely selection at No 5 in 2020 NFL Draft
The Miami Dolphins know the NFL Draft is four days away. Insiders are indicating Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert appears more likely to be selected before Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reported Tua remains confident he will be taken within the first six picks, but Fowler suggested it seems unlikely the Miami Dolphins (picking at five) or Los Angeles Chargers (picking at six) will pass on Herbert.
Fowler also reported the Dolphins are “keeping all of their options open” since they have three first-round picks (via Garrett Stepien of 247 Sports):
“At the end of the day, it’ll be very hard for the Dolphins or any other team to pass up for — the Chargers there at six as well — Justin Herbert. Speaking of the Dolphins, I’m told they’re still keeping all of their options open. Yes, many people around the league still expect them to go quarterback at five. But they’re looking at offensive tackle. They’re looking at several positions. They have to play the long game, I’m told, because they have three first-round picks so they’re keeping all of their options open … most people still expect quarterback, though.”
Herbert’s stock has risen considerably since the scouting combine. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald previously reported the Dolphins are intrigued by Herbert’s size and arm strength, and suggested “No team has done more work” scouting Herbert than Miami.
Herbert also scored much higher on the Wonderlic test than Tagovailoa, who had the lowest score among the quarterback prospects.
Tua put up the gaudier numbers in college, but it seems there are still questions about his readiness and durability. The Dolphins are confronting these questions.
Of course, as Fowler suggests, it is also possible the Dolphins could pivot and address another position at the No. 5 spot while holding out for a quarterback when they are back on the clock with the 18th pick. Or, perhaps the Dolphins will play fast and loose with their picks.