Should Miami Have Drafted Justin Herbert?

Chargers' Justin Herbert, a 4.0 student, will use offseason to study

He won Rookie of the year and out played the two QB’s drafted ahead of him in the 2020 NFL draft, but only one of those QB’s seem to have many of his fans having buyer’s remorse. So, is it fair to say after just one season that Miami blew it and should’ve drafted Justin Herbert over Tua Tagovailoa? 

Let’s play that what if game! 

What if Miami had drafted Justin Herbert over Tua and the Chargers draft Tua just after Miami. What would things have looked like for both teams? Well for Miami they would have most likely have still had Ryan Fitzpatrick as the starter Day one with the plan to start Herbert sometime after their bye week. 

Tua on the other hand would have been a starter day one with the Chargers because of the unique way that Herbert got the call to start. 

If you forgot here is what happened in San Deigo with their starting QB….. 

Los Angeles Chargers team doctor accidentally punctured quarterback Tyrod Taylor‘s lung just before kickoff Sunday while trying to administer a pain-killing injection to the quarterback’s cracked ribs, coach Anthony Lynn told ESPN’s Shelley Smith on Wednesday. 

That’s why Taylor did not start Sunday and rookie quarterback Justin Herbert unexpectedly did against the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs, in an arrangement that Lynn said will continue Sunday against the Carolina Panthers

So Tua would have started day one for the Chargers while Herbert would have been on the bench for Miami holding the clipboard for Fitzpatrick. 

Now remember Miami took Herbert over Tua who the Dolphins fans were salivating over for a few years remember the false narrative “Tank for Tua”? So, Miami passed on him and he starts day one in Sandiego…. now I will just assume that Tua had a similar success to what Herbert had because he had the same weapons that Herbert enjoyed and Tua did not have Fitzpatrick’s buddy OC Chan Gailey and his offensive system that Ryan has been use to for quite a few years to compete with. 

Tua had a system designed specifically for him that former Charges HC Lynn made sure to install for Tua. 

So Tua had instant success while Herbert was on Miami’s bench for the first 6 games and when he got the start, he was dealing with an RB group that at best is one of the worst RB rooms in the NFL and to top that off they were dealing with injury issues as the same could be said for the WR room as two of their WR’s opted out for the 2020 season. (Wilson and Hurns) Devante Parker went back to who he is an injury prone non available player in 2020 and the rest of the receiver group was a combination of inexperienced and 2nd/3rd string players. 

So, after having a great Rookie season for the Chargers Tua is named the Rookie MVP and you same fans who are complaining that Miami should have drafted Herbert would be complaining that Miami passed upTua the player they wanted all along! 

Listen one great rookie season is not enough to anoint a player especially QB as a franchise QB and one bad rookie season does not preclude a player from being a “Hall of Fame Player” so keep that in mind fickle fans complaining that Maimi should have drafted Herbert!  SMH!!!!!

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