In his latest piece, NBC Sports’ Peter King gives his mock draft as well as empties his notebooks on all the teams in the upcoming draft.
One surprising tidbit is on Utah State’s Jordan Love. Many expect the QB to be selected in the first round, though King hears that several teams are likely to pass on Love. The Patriots, Saints, and Colts don’t feel Love is the right QB for them.
King names the Steelers as a team to watch. Pittsburgh doesn’t have a first-round pick, as a result of trading for Minkah Fitzpatrick. Their first pick comes at No. 49, which is in the middle of the second round. Love could fall to that selection or even further. King also names the Packers at No. 62 as another spot where Love could hear his name called.
King added that he wouldn’t be surprised if he goes between 35 and 60. Pro Football Focus has Love as its 76th ranked player in the draft.
Love’s over/under is 19.5 on Fan Duel.
The Dolphins are a candidate to select Love if they pass on a QB at No 5. Some believe the Dolphins won’t pick a QB at No. 5. Former NFL executive Gil Brandt said he wouldn’t be surprised if Miami selected another player with their top-5 selection and grabbed a QB with another pick later. The Dolphins own the No. 5, No. 18, and No. 26 overall picks. The franchise also has two second-rounders, owning the No. 39 overall pick and No. 56 overall pick.
Still, Justin Herbert appears likely to be Miami’s choice for their top pick, something that has gained steam over the past couple weeks. The Dolphins are evaluating the risks of taking Tua Tagovailoa that high and may pass on the Alabama QB because of his injury concerns. Like Love, Tua could see himself fall on draft night.