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Sunday, July 12, 2020

Articles tagged: Justin Herbert

Mel Kiper predicts Dolphins will draft Justin Herbert over Tua Tagovailoa

Justin Herbert

The Miami Dolphins are expected to target a quarterback in the upcoming NFL Draft, and it seems likely that they will use the No. 5 overall pick on one. Tua Tagovailoa looks healthy and his stock is rising at the perfect time, but at least one top draft analyst believes the Dolphins prefer Justin Herbert over the former Alabama star.

ESPN’s Mel Kiper released his latest mock draft on Tuesday, and he has the Dolphins selecting Herbert at No. 5 and Tagovailoa going No. 6 to the Los Angeles Chargers. Kiper explained his rationale in an appearance on “Get Up!” and said he has heard from sources that Tagovailoa’s injury history is a still a big concern.

“Durability concern is why I dropped him. Some think he could drop a little farther than that,” Kiper said. “It’s not only just about the injuries he’s had, but protecting his body and not taking hits. Will he learn to do that once he’s in the NFL?”

As for Herbert, Kiper said he doesn’t understand why people are saying the former Oregon star has a low ceiling.

“He’s got a ton of talent. His upside is through the roof,” Kiper said. “He’s got as much physical athletic ability (as anyone). He’s super intelligent, rocket arm, he can run … he’s got awesome talent. Will it come together in terms of anticipation and all that in the NFL? We’ll see.”

Where Tagovailoa will be selected is probably the storyline people are watching the most heading into the draft, and Kiper’s biggest rival seems to think the talk of Herbert going over Tua is absurd. Tagovailoa likely impressed teams with the video footage from his private workout recently, and that could be enough to cement his place over Herbert. We’ll know in less than two weeks.

Report: Patriots ‘love’ Justin Herbert

Justin Herbert

It seems entirely plausible if not likely that the New England Patriots will take a quarterback at some point in the NFL Draft, but could they do it in the very first round?

One rival general manager told Peter King of Football Morning in America that the Patriots “love” Justin Herbert. It’s not clear, however, that they would be willing to trade up to get him, which they would likely have to do. Due to a lack of early picks in 2020, trading up for Herbert would likely cost New England a 2021 first-round selection at the very least.

The Patriots usually trade down in the draft, not up. They appear to have a fair amount of confidence in Jarrett Stidham as well. Even if the Patriots are infatuated with Herbert, this just doesn’t seem like a likely scenario.

What is clear is that the Patriots are at least looking at some high-end quarterbacks. Their first round selection will be intriguing.

Report: Multiple teams prefer Justin Herbert to Tua Tagovailoa

Justin Herbert

Some NFL teams definitely appear to harbor continued doubts about the health of Tua Tagovailoa.

According to Matt Miller of Bleacher Report, multiple teams have Justin Herbert higher on their draft board than Tagovailoa. This is largely down to Tagovailoa’s health as he recovers from hip surgery. NFL teams are hesitant to trust third party doctors when they cannot look at Tagovailoa themselves. This is in contrast to Herbert, who has no such injury concerns.

This goes along with reporting that indicates that NFL teams are looking at Tagovailoa as an increased gamble due to the lack of direct access to him during the coronavirus pandemic. That’s not his fault, and it would probably be different in a normal draft process. It’s up to teams to figure out if Tagovailoa is worth the risk. For what it’s worth, some teams are probably more convinced than others about Tagovailoa’s recovery.

Panthers have interest in Justin Herbert?

Justin Herbert

The Carolina Panthers will eventually have to decide whether or not they want Cam Newton to remain their starting quarterback in 2020, and their interest in one of the top quarterback prospects in the draft may be a hint about how they plan to move forward.

Panthers general manager Marty Hurney attended Oregon’s Pro Day on Thursday, and Andrew Groover of NFL Network noted that Hurney was the only NFL GM present. Hurney was seen speaking with Justin Herbert after the star quarterback finished throwing passes.

On a day where NFL teams were encouraging scouts and staff members to avoid travel due to the coronavirus outbreak, it is certainly significant that Hurney went through with attending Oregon’s Pro Day. Perhaps he simply did not want to alter his travel plans, but there’s also a chance he was determined to watch Herbert throw. Hurney also could have been scouting other Ducks players.

The Panthers currently have the No. 7 overall pick in the draft, and many believe new head coach Matt Rhule will want to start fresh at quarterback by drafting and developing a player. Carolina should be in a position to draft Herbert if they want him.

Newton’s future depends upon when — and if — he is fully recovered from the foot injury that cost him the majority of the 2019 season. We’ve already heard him linked to more than one team if the Panthers decide to trade him, but there’s no guarantee they will go that route. Rhule has said he is excited to work with Newton. Maybe he’s telling the truth.

Report: Dolphins may prefer Justin Herbert over Tua Tagovailoa

Justin Herbert

The Miami Dolphins have the fifth overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, and they are widely expected to target a quarterback at that spot. However, it may not be the quarterback most had in mind.

Some in the Dolphins organization are higher on former Oregon star Justin Herbert than they are on Tua Tagovailoa, Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald reports. Miami team officials do not yet view Tagovailoa as a can’t-miss prospect for the top of the draft, but they are said to have an “increasingly positive view” of Herbert.

The Dolphins are understandably concerned about Tagovailoa’s ability to stay healthy long-term, as the hip injury he is recovering from is not the only medical issue he has had. The former Alabama star also suffered more than one significant ankle injury and some other ailments during his time in Tuscaloosa. Health is the biggest reason Tagovailoa could fall in the draft.

As for Herbert, some with the Dolphins like his 6-foot-6 size and mobility. One source also told Salguero that the team appreciated the way Herbert chose to showcase his skills in the Senior Bowl even though he probably didn’t have to. That shows he is motivated to impress NFL teams and is a competitive player, as he almost certainly would have been a first-round pick even without taking part.

We probably won’t know how things are going to fall with Tagovailoa and Herbert until draft day. While Herbert may be the safer pick strictly because of health concerns, he will undoubtedly be a less popular choice than Tagovailoa. It’s also worth noting that one prominent analyst recently ranked Tagovailoa as the best QB in the draft, ahead of Joe Burrow.

With the Detroit Lions picking at No. 3 and also possibility eyeing a quarterback, it would not be a surprise if the Dolphins attempt to move up to make sure they get their guy. We just don’t know if that guy will be Tagovailoa or Herbert.

Video: Justin Herbert emotional after leading Oregon to Rose Bowl win

Justin Herbert

The Oregon Ducks fought hard to win the Rose Bowl on Wednesday against Wisconsin, and the emotions from Justin Herbert showed just how much the game meant to him.

Herbert rushed for three touchdowns in Oregon’s 28-27 win over the Badgers and was named Offensive MVP of the game. Herbert is a Eugene, Oregon native and grew up as a huge Ducks fan, dreaming of one day playing in and winning the Rose Bowl. Having that dream come true effectively brought him to tears.

“It’s the best feeling in the world,” Herbert said in a postgame interview. “This is the greatest experience I’ve ever had. To be a part of this team, to be a part of this program — I’m going to miss it a lot.”

Herbert was viewed as an NFL Draft prospect after his junior season but decided to return to school. His reward was leading the Ducks to a 12-2 season and closing his career with a win in the Rose Bowl. It doesn’t get much sweeter than that.

Justin Herbert takes shot to head from Bradlee Anae

Justin Herbert Bradlee Anae

Justin Herbert took a shot to the head from Utah’s Bradlee Anae early in the third quarter of Friday night’s Pac-12 Championship Game.

Oregon was leading 20-7 and had a third down situation. Herbert was lined up in shotgun and moved up, leading his center to snap the ball even though the quarterback was not prepared for it. The ball went past Herbert, who was able to recover it near the goal line. He took a shot from Anae, who smothered him:

No penalty was called on Utah for Anae’s shot. Herbert remained in the game and led Oregon on a field goal drive their next possession.