3 Ways Justin Herbert is a Better NFL Draft Prospect Than Tua Tagovailoa

Oregon QB Justin Herbert
Oregon QB Justin Herbert / Leon Bennett/Getty Images

The Miami Dolphins have themselves in quite the quarterback quandary just days away from the 2020 NFL draft. The Dolphins face that classic quarterback dichotomy, as they could either go with the finished product in Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa or the upside in Oregon's Justin Herbert. Miami might be better served taking Herbert over Tagovailoa, as evidenced by these three traits in which Herbert has the upper hand over the Alabama southpaw.

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3. Athleticism

Even though Marcus Arroyo's offense didn't use his legs much until the end of the season, Herbert is one of the best quarterbacks in this class at using his athletic ability to escape pressure situations and make plays on the move. When you compare the fact that a guy who can move like that is also 6-6 and 235 pounds, it's easy to see why everyone and their grandmother is talking about Herbert's pro potential.

2. Arm Strength

Even with the likes of Jacob Eason and Jordan Love in this class, a strong argument can be made for Herbert having the best arm strength in this entire draft. The effortlessness with which he'll uncork passes 50 yards down the field while still finding his target is simply remarkable. While he lacks Tua's feathery touch deep downfield at this juncture, the pure velocity he can generate via his cannon arm says 'franchise quarterback' in big, bright letters.

1. Durability

Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa
Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The best ability is availability, and Tua isn't passing that test with flying colors. The severe hip injury is obviously going to be the main detriment to Tua's stock, but his ankle injuries that were a constant source of annoyance during his 2017-18 title run and the LSU game last year will scare teams off of drafting him. Herbert got hurt in his sophomore year, but his 6-6 height and robust 235-pound frame might be viewed by NFL GMs as a sturdy.