Here's where Justin Herbert and Jordan Love fit into Dolphins' backup plan if Tua isn't their top pick

Safid Deen, Sun Sentinel on

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For all the noise surrounding Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa before the 2020 NFL draft, Justin Herbert and Jordan Love have worked during the Senior Bowl this week to solidify their standing as first-round picks.

It may be a forgone conclusion that Burrow, the LSU standout and national champion, will be the No. 1 pick in April's draft.

But where do the other three standout quarterbacks land in the first round of the draft behind Burrow?

Herbert, the Oregon standout, and Love, the Utah State prodigy, could gain some ground on that front during Saturday's Senior Bowl game at 2:30 p.m. in Mobile, Ala.

Tagovailoa could find himself as the second quarterback taken, perhaps by the Miami Dolphins -- despite his hip injury that raises concern about his durability and long-term health.

The Dolphins sit behind four other teams atop the draft with the No. 5 pick and could see another team either draft a quarterback or execute a trade to get in front of them in the draft order.


Herbert and Love could even be gone by time the Dolphins make their second of three first-round selections at No. 18, which would put Miami in an unfavorable situation if it misses on Tagovailoa in the Top 5.

Miami's evaluations of Herbert and Love -- as well as other quarterbacks like Oklahoma's Jalen Hurts and Washington's Jacob Eason -- are important backup plans the Dolphins should consider during the draft process.

If Tagovailoa doesn't follow Burrow, it could be Herbert who becomes the second quarterback taken.

It could even happen as early as the No. 3 pick by the Detroit Lions, who may be looking to move on from Matt Stafford and may not have a season to wait for a player like Tagovailoa to recover from his hip injury.


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