Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert 'Both Very Talented Players,' Dolphins GM Says

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistApril 16, 2020

FILE - In this April 17, 2019, file photo, Miami Dolphins general manager Chris Grier speaks during a news conference during voluntary minicamp at the Dolphins NFL football training facility in Davie, Fla. The Dolphins haven’t used their top pick on a quarterback since 2012, when they drafted Ryan Tannehill. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
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Miami Dolphins general manager Chris Grier took a tactful approach when discussing 2020 NFL draft prospects Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert with reporters on Thursday. 

Per ESPN's Cameron Wolfe, Grier called the quarterbacks "very talented players" as the team prepares for the draft next week. 

"They're both interesting kids. I've gotten to know both of them through this process," Grier said. "They're really good people. They're both very talented players. Both have won a lot of games. They're both intelligent players and winners."

Grier's decision to praise both quarterbacks comes as the Dolphins have been linked to Tagovailoa and Herbert with their first pick at No. 5 overall. 

B/R's Matt Miller noted there are "strong signals" from Miami's scouting department that the team prefers Herbert over Tagovailoa. 

In his most recent mock draft, ESPN's Mel Kiper noted there is "real buzz" the Dolphins take Herbert because he doesn't come with the same durability concerns as Tagovailoa, who had surgery on his hip in November. 

As things stand right now, it would be a surprise if the Dolphins didn't select a quarterback with their first pick. Ryan Fitzpatrick, who appeared in 15 games last season, is 37 years old and entering the final year of his contract. His backup is Josh Rosen, who was drafted 10th overall two years ago. 

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Miami, which finished 5-11 last year, has an opportunity to build the nucleus for its future with this draft. The front office has an NFL-high 14 selections, including three in the first round on Thursday and two in the second round on Friday. 

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