NFL draft season is upon us, even if it's more virtual than anyone expected. Draft news usually dominates the news this time of year, and even more so in the sports-less existence we're in now. This also means it's the season of smokescreens, and there's no more obvious draft smokescreen than the rumors linking Justin Herbert to the Miami Dolphins.
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Last week, Bleacher Report draft insider Matt Miller reported Miami isn't "convinced" by Tua Tagovailoa and could target Herbert at the fifth overall pick. On Sunday, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler talked about how both the Dolphins and Chargers liked Herbert for his leadership skills. The noise around Miami and Herbert should only get louder as the draft approaches. But we've seen this story before. It's just a classic draft ploy to ensure Miami gets their man: Tagovailoa.
Everyone knows Miami will be drafting a quarterback with the first of their three first-round picks. It would be a massive surprise if they didn't. Everyone also expects the Chargers, who lost Philip Rivers over the offseason and did nothing to replace him, to pick a quarterback with their first-round pick, slotting in just behind Miami at six. Even with his hip injury and the inability to see how he's recovering in person, Tagovailoa is widely considered the second-best QB prospect in the draft behind presumptive No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow.