3 Teams That Should Trade Up for Justin Herbert in the 2020 NFL Draft

Zach Brunner
Justin Herbert passed for 32 touchdowns and six interceptions this season.
Justin Herbert passed for 32 touchdowns and six interceptions this season. / Alika Jenner/Getty Images
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With 2019-20 NFL season and Super Bowl LIV in the books, the 2020 NFL Draft order is officially set and organizations have now turned their attention toward upgrades that could be made this offseason. And there are already a handful of NFL teams looking to upgrade at the league's most important position, quarterback.

There might not be too many viable options in free agency this year, and that could lead most teams to look for a new signal-caller in the 2020 NFL Draft. One of the most divisive prospects in this year's class is Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert, who has prototypical size and arm strength, but can be maddeningly inconsistent.

Still, with a 6-foot-6-inch frame and a rocket arm, it's not hard to imagine some team falling in love with Herbert during the pre-draft process, especially after he took home the 2020 Senior Bowl MVP honors the Saturday prior to Super Bowl 54. With that in mind, here are three teams that should consider trading up for Herbert.

1. Miami Dolphins

Brian Flores is helping lead a full rebuild in Miami.
Brian Flores is helping lead a full rebuild in Miami. / Mark Brown/Getty Images

No, I am not talking about the Dolphins trading up from their fifth-overall pick to draft Herbert. Miami could use that pick to take the best available player, then make a move later in the first round, where it has the 18th and 26th picks. It's clear that Miami needs to take a quarterback in this draft, and its decision may come down to drafting Tua Tagovailoa, who is coming off a serious injury, or taking Herbert, who has those consistency issues. The Dolphins ultimately may decide to go with Herbert based on draft value alone, but hoping he falls all the way to 18 probably isn't realistic.

2. New England Patriots

Tom Brady could be playing for a different NFL franchise for the first time in his career.
Tom Brady could be playing for a different NFL franchise for the first time in his career. / Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Whether Tom Brady returns to New England or not, he is not getting any younger. Yes, the Patriots could use a late-round pick and find some gem you have never heard of, but they could be better served to trade up for one of the draft's top talents. The knock on Herbert is his consistency and shrinking in big games. Sitting a season or two in the Patriots' system and refining his skills could keep the Patriots' dynasty alive far longer than Brady's career. Also, it seems like letting quarterbacks sit and learn initially may be the best way to go, just ask the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson.

3. New Orleans Saints

Sean Payton has consistently fielded one of the league's top offenses.
Sean Payton has consistently fielded one of the league's top offenses. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

This move depends on what the Saints decide to do with their current backup quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater, who is a free agent. However, much like the Patriots with Brady, Drew Brees isn't getting any younger, and having Herbert sit a couple seasons and learn from one of the best could make him an unbelievable player for the future, and he would be in one of the best offensive systems in football, giving Sean Payton a self-molded talent to build around once Brees calls it quits.


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