“Tua is the much better talent,” Dominik said on a SiriusXM NFL Radio teleconference. “I think everyone kind of realizes that. Velocity. Competitiveness. Leadership. All those things. He just checks it. I just don’t think there is a GM out there that’s worries about Tua playing in 2020.”
“He’s showing on these videos, and everything, he’s healthy,” Dominik said. “Will he be there in 2022 or 2028? That’s what you struggle with with Tua. There are people out there that feel like he’s going to need a hip replacement and you just can’t predict he won’t.”
However, in the end, Dominik predicts the Dolphins will select Tua with the fifth pick next Thursday evening.
“I don’t think you have to trade up to get Tua,” Dominik said. “Just because of the medical concern. I will be interested to see what Miami does. And I was talking to (Saints executive) Mickey Loomis and we all give Miami a hard time for passing on Drew Brees because of the physical, and Loomis always says, ‘What about the other 30 clubs that didn’t bring him in?’ I wonder if there is a hint of, ‘Let’s not have another Drew Brees.’ I think Miami probably will take him. We’ll see soon.”
The Dolphins passed on Brees in free agency in 2006 because doctors advised against it. This benefited New Orleans and changed the course of history.
Dominik is not as high on Herbert as some.
“Justin is super smart,” Dominik said. “Great kid. Quick study. I think a lot of people look at him and say, ‘Is he Marcus Mariota?’ In terms of like voice, talk, rally, all that kind of stuff. It makes you a little nervous. I still think he goes first round. I’ve talked to a couple of quarterback guys who say he’s a third-round talent. I think he’s better than that. But I don’t think it’s a guy you trade up to get. You can have him come to you. Tua, to me, is the better talent.”
Not good news for the “we’re going to get a plethora of draft picks including an extra first rounder or two” crowd.
If the Lions get No 39, I’m happy.
If the Lions get Nos. 56 & 70, I’m happy.