Draft Rumors: Dolphins, Herbert, Edwards-Helaire, Aiyuk, Shenault

The Dolphins held a predraft video meeting with Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, who reports no NFL team has done as much work on Herbert as the Dolphins. Herbert is fully expected to come off the board in Round 1 of next week’s draft, but it’s unclear if Miami will be comfortable taking him with the fifth overall selection. Per Jackson, the Dolphins’ questions about Herbert are twofold: he’s more of an introvert than an extrovert, and he is occasionally inaccurate.

Miami also conducted a video conference with LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, per Jackson, who indicates the Dolphins could consider Edwards-Helaire with pick Nos. 39 or 56 in the second round. While the Dolphins already signed veteran Jordan Howard this offseaon, Edwards-Helaire, who caught 55 passes in 2019, would add another dimension to Miami’s backfield.

Here’s more on the upcoming draft, which is now only one week away:

  • Speaking of the Dolphins, former NFL executive Gil Brandt says it would not not be a surprise for Miami to take a non-quarterback with the fifth overall pick (Twitter link via Ralph Vacchiano of SNY). While the Dolphins have seemingly spent the past year-plus acquiring draft capital in order to land a quarterback, it’s possible that they could go in a different direction. If Miami opts for another position at No. 5, offensive tackle could speculatively be a target area.
  • A number of prospects– including Arizona State receiver Brandon Aiyuk, Colorado receiver Laviska Shenault, and Cal safety Ashtyn Davis — recently underwent core muscle surgery but have medically cleared, per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter links). All three should be ready for the start of the 2020 regular season. Meanwhile, Virginia cornerback Bryce Hall (ankle) has also been medically cleared, while South Carolina receiver Bryan Edwards (fifth metatarsal) and Utah safety Julian Blackmon (ACL) should be cleared by May and July, respectively.
  • While NFL teams aren’t all that concerned about the upcoming remote draft format, they are potentially worried about the undrafted free agent process, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com (video link). The UDFA signing period is often a frenzy as is, and clubs think the virtual nature of the process could make it even more difficult.
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11 comments on “Draft Rumors: Dolphins, Herbert, Edwards-Helaire, Aiyuk, Shenault

  1. crosseyedlemon

    The Dolphins belief that an introvert can’t succeed at QB illustrates just how stupid this organization is. Bart Starr was one of the most soft spoken QBs in league history yet he was a SB MVP twice.

    • wagner13

      Agreed. Just because a prospect doesn’t act like Tom Brady doesn’t mean he lacks leadership qualities. Just look at Drew Brees and Eli Manning. Judge by talent, not personality

    • elscorcho the marlin
      elscorcho the marlin

      I’d agree on the introvert part. Brees isn’t an introvert, tho. I think the main question on Herbert is his ability to problem solve in crunch time. While it’s great not to get too up or down during pressure situations , he often fails to elevate the team during those times. No one , hopefully, will question his talent, it’s overcoming adversity that worries me.

      • wagner13

        When did he really fail to elevate the team? The Auburn loss was the result of a last-second touchdown and he almost came back against Arizona State. He displayed some resilliance against a tough Wisconsin squad in the Rose Bowl. I would be more skeptical of his struggles under pressure when the o-line collapses

    • UberSTCrew

      @crosseyedlemon
      You believe everything you read? I am sure the Dolphins’ scouts have done extensive film study on Herbert. They may see some things that cause serious concerns about his game. I am sure other teams also have concerns. It goes beyond him being an introvert. Hey but it is fun to bash the Dolphins. So carry on.

  2. Simmons>Russ

    Dolphins please don’t muck up this draft you’ve done so well this offseason so far.
    Let the Chargers trade up and take Herbert, who cares you get your man in Tua at 5.
    Then at 18, grab the best safety in the draft Xavier McKinney.
    Then with your last pick in the first round of the draft grab a RB, Jonathan Taylor looks like he’s going to be great.
    Then in the second round take the best available OT, hopefully you have a few to chose from Josh Jones, Austin Jackson, Isiah Wilson, Ezra Cleveland, Trey Adams or Tega Wanogho.
    Then lastly take a WR with your other second round pick. Hopefully there’s going to be a few to chose from (Aiyuk, Shenault, Mims, Pitman, Hamler, Claypool)

    Now you’ve got offence set with a young QB, RB, WR and tackle. Your defence was already pretty solid and you got yourself the best safety in the draft add to that with some later picks going to DL and you’ve had a great offseason.

    If McKinney is off the board take, maybe look at taking a top WR (Lamb, Jefferson, Ruggs). And take a safety with either of your seconds (Delpit, Winfield)

    • kevin

      Tua I doubt will be a good nfl starter longterm . it’s been forever since a Bama qb has been a good starting qb and with his injury history id pass and if he’s there in 2 or 3 which doubt he will but if he is then I’d pick em . but he’s a running qb with a bunch of ankle injuries and then the big injury he’s recovering from . I honestly don’t think he will fair will after he cant run around after his ankles get worse. he’s got tallent but my opinion is he’s not gonna be a good nfl starter

    • kevin

      Herbert I’m up in the air with really he’s not nfl ready to what I’d expect but even if he has issues stepping up or being a good leader that teams wants it’s possible he could make the jump . I’m just up in the air on him as I think it depends on his structure around him early in his nfl career

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