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Adam SchefterESPN Senior Writer
- ESPN NFL Insider
- Joined ESPN in 2009
- Former president of the Pro Football Writers of America and the author of four books
TheMiami Dolphinswere well represented at Saturday’s showdown betweenLSUandAlabamain Tuscaloosa, sending general manager Chris Grier and two of his scouts to watch the game in person, league sources told ESPN.
The Dolphins were not alone; 17 NFL teams had 25 representatives at Saturday’s game, withBuffalo BillsGM Brandon Beane also in attendance, according to sources.
But no team sent a larger contingent than Miami, which is currently scheduled to have three first-round picks in next year draft.
Grier personally wanted to see both quarterbacks, LSU’sJoe Burrowand Alabama’sTua Tagovailoa, but he also wanted to see the plethora of talent on display that he and his organization will be sifting through to make their picks in April.
Many assumed th e Dolphins (1-7) have been “Tanking for Tua,” but they could be “Basement-Dwelling for Burrow,” too.
Miami is one of five teams that enters Sunday with one win or fewer and has been linked with Tagovailoa and other top quarterback prospects. The winlessCincinnati Bengals(0-8) benched longtime starterAndy Daltonlast month and also could use an early first-round pick on a quarterback.
Burrow was impressive in the hostile road environment Saturday afternoon, passing for 393 yards and three touchdowns while leading the second-ranked Tigers to a thrilling 46 – 41 victory over Tagovailoa and the third-ranked Crimson Tide.
LSU raced to a 33 – 13 halftime lead, thanks in part to Burrow’s three first-half TD passes, before staving off a furious late rally led by Tagovailoa. The last time a Nick Saban-coached defense allowed 33 or more points in the first half of any game was Oct. 16, 1999, when (Michigan State) lost 52 – (to Purdue , which was quarterbacked that day by a 20 – year-oldDrew Brees.
Tagovailoa, widely projected as a potential No. 1 overall draft pick, passed for 418 yards and four touchdowns despite being just 20 days removed from ankle surgery.