We often think about need so much when it comes to the NFL Draft that we often forget about fit. The Cincinnati Bengals need a quarterback so, obviously, they are going to select Joe Burrow with the number one pick in the NFL draft, assuming they don’t trade down.
The same can be stated for the Miami Dolphins. Ryan Fitzpatrick is obviously not the long term answer and I am not sure I know what to think about Josh Rosen at this point. They are rumored to be in love with Tua Tagovialoa assuming he is healthy so it seems like a foregone conclusion that if he is available at number five, he will be a Dolphin.
Now, what about fit? Burrow seems like a good fit with the Bengals. The Dolphins simply making a good decision regarding a quarterback would be a welcome change, the organization should form itself around Tua at this point. Dan Marino retired in 2000, since then, the Dolphins have drafted only Ryan Tannehill in the first round of the NFL draft. That was in 2012. Since 2012, the only other quarterback that they have drafted only Brandon Doughty, a seventh-round selection, in 2016.
Anyway, getting back on track. Where do Herbert and Hurts fit?
Hurts is an interesting guy to me because while he is bigger than Michael Vick, he is also smaller than Cam Newton. His skill set is similar in the sense that he has the ability to run and also has problems with accuracy like Newton. He also doesn’t have the arm talent that Vick possessed. Given he has the ability to extend plays and make things happen, I think he could be a fit with Ron Rivera in Washington if the circumstances were right. I am not sure Riverboat Ron would use Hurts at the goal line in the same manner that he did with Cam, but there are other similarities and Rivera certainly had success with that style of quarterback.
The question becomes how much does Ron like last year’s first-round selection (which he wasn’t a part of) Dwayne Haskins. Well, he hasn’t exactly praised him so far this offseason, so it will be very interesting to see if anything comes to the surface between now and draft day regarding the future under center in Washington. The ‘Skins don’t have a second-round pick in this year’s draft which where Hurts is projected to go, however, if he is somehow still kicking around at #66, look for Ron to place a bet.
When it comes to Herbert, the possibilities seem endless. He’s a big kid at 6’6, 238 pounds who can absolutely sling it. The Dolphins are floating the idea that they like him but I doubt they go with him over Tua.
Herbert could be a rookie starter for the Chargers which would bring a certain level of stylistic continuity, or he could be the future for the Colts, Steelers, Jags, Raiders (doubtful). It will be very interesting at picks 5-7 because of Herbert falls past those spots, he will like remain on the board into the late teens. He won’t make it to the Patriots, but do they move up and grab him? You can’t say that he wouldn’t fit. Big kid, fairly accurate, 4-1 touchdown to interception ratio. Does that remind you of anyone?
In the end it is difficult to tell position but not hard to identify fit. For Hurts, I like the Redskins, Steelers, and Packers.
For Herbert, I like the Chargers, Colts and Patriots along with almost any other team in the league if they get the right deal or situation.
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