The Miami Dolphins have the fifth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. They are in desperate need of a starting quarterback. Is Justin Herbert the quarterback they should consider drafting?
Justin Herbert was born on March 10, 1998, in Eugene Oregon. He played for Sheldon High School and in his senior season, he threw 3,130 passing yards, 37 touchdowns, and was named First-Team All-State. Herbert was a Ducks fan since he was younger because his grandfather was a wide receiver for the Oregon Ducks. He broke his leg in the third game of his junior season, which led him to not have many college offers. He committed to Oregon on October 9, 2015. Herbert started as a freshman halfway through the season but led the team to a 4-8 record. In 2017 Herbert had eight starts and finished the season 6-2. In 2018 Herbert led the Ducks to a 9-4 record and led them to win the Redbox Bowl. Herbert decided to return for his senior season and he led his 12-2 Oregon team to the Rose Bowl.
Pros and Cons of Justin Herbert
Justin Herbert has many positives and negatives to his game. First, he has a great size with a pro-ready frame. Second, he has a full-field reader with experience in pro passing concepts. Third, he has a rocket for an arm that he can use to get over the safety and into tight windows. On the other hand, he still has some major cons to how he plays. First, he is not much of a commanding presence on the field, which is something the Dolphins need more of not less. Second, he was a disappointing passer overall in his final four games. Third, he needs to trust himself while he is in the pocket and let the ball go.
Overall, Justin Herbert could be a good quarterback to let sit one season as a backup. He has great potential in the league but does not seem pro-ready yet. If he wants to become a pro bowl quarterback he needs to be more of a commanding force on the field because that is the type of player that will win games. Overall I think the Dolphins should draft Herbert, but only if he drops to one of there later first-round picks. They should focus on the offensive line and allow Josh Rosen to have another opportunity, but this time with a good team.
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