Lions Have Interviewed QBs Tua Tagovailoa & Justin Herbert


Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reported on Monday that the Lions have recently interviewed Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa and Oregon QB Justin Herbert.

Garafolo admits that the Lions’ interest in the quarterbacks could be an attempt to convince a team to try to trade up to No. 3 overall for a quarterback. 

The expectation is that the Dolphins at No. 5 and the Chargers at No. 6 are the two teams to watch for Tagovailoa and Herbert. However, it remains to be seen whether either would be willing to trade up for them. 

Detroit has said they have no plans to move on from Matthew Stafford, even though there had been some reporting and speculation about the possibility a few months ago.

Tagovailoa, 21, is still expected to be a high first-round pick in this year’s draft, despite the serious hip injury he’s been working his way back from. 

Dane Brugler has Tagovailoa rated as his No. 6 overall prospect. 

Lance Zierlein compares Tagovailoa to former NFL QB Mark Brunell.

For his career, Tagovailoa has completed 69.3 percent of his passes for 7,442 yards, 87 touchdowns and 11 interceptions over the course of three seasons and 32 games. He has also rushed for 340 yards and nine touchdowns.

Herbert, 21, was considered to be one of the top quarterback prospects in the 2019 draft before he surprisingly decided to return for his senior season despite being a potential top-five pick. 

After an uneven senior season, Herbert impressed scouts at the Senior Bowl and helped boost his stock back up. He’s now seen as a first-round prospect.

NFL Media’s Lance Zierlein compares Herbert to Eagles QB Carson Wentz in his scouting report. 

During his four-year college career at Oregon, Herbert threw for 10,541 yards while completing 64 percent of his passes to go along with 95 touchdowns and 23 interceptions. He also rushed for 560 yards and 13 touchdowns.

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