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NFL scout says he would take Justin Herbert over Tua Tagovailoa

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Justin Herbert’s decision to return to remain in school for his senior season means the 2020 quarterback class is even more loaded with talent, and some believe the Oregon star could be the best of the best.

While Herbert doesn’t get nearly as much attention as Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, one NFL scout told Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports that he would put Herbert ahead of Tagovailoa at the moment.

“If I was on the clock right now, I’d go with Herbert,” the scout said. “He’s taller and fits the prototype more. I really like his arm strength and ability to stay in the pocket. Tua has three or four first-round picks on offense with him, and Herbert has Dillon Mitchell. That’s pretty much it. Tua has a lot to work with. He’s got first- and second-rounders galore around him that makes his job easier.”

Another concern for Tagovailoa could be durability, as he has dealt with multiple injuries in his first full season as Alabama’s starter and may have to play at less than full strength in the College Football Playoff because of the latest.

Any discussion about the top overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft is obviously premature, as there is still another full season of college ball to be played prior to that. Both Herbert and Tagovailoa will enter the 2019 season as Heisman Trophy candidates, and how they play will go a long way toward determining who is considered the better NFL prospect.

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