Mike Lombardi doesn't see Patriots being fit for Tua Tagovailoa, but Jordan Love, Justin Herbert are different

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By WEEI 93.7

Everyone has their opinion when it comes to Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa not only where he will go in the draft, but whether or not he will succeed in the NFL.

Some have speculated if he falls to the teens, the Patriots could be a team to watch potentially making a trade.

But, former Patriots executive Mike Lombardi isn't one of them, as he doesn't see him being a fit.

“I think when you look at the Patriots’ grading system, and you understand how a grading system operates because all teams have grading systems,” he said on Monday's 'GM Street' podcast. “And if you understand how a grading system operates and how the medical grades affect the grades, I don’t think the Patriots can get Tua high enough on their board to even pick him at 13. Now, do I think they could pick a Jordan Love? Yeah, maybe they could. Do I think they could pick a Justin Herbert? Yeah, I think they could get him up there high enough.”

Lombardi believes Tagovailoa at just over six feet tall is too short for what the Patriots like. Meanwhile, Love is 6-foot-4, while Herbert is 6-foot-6. 

Love would be a more realistic selection, as Herbert is likely to go in the top 10.

The Patriots currently have pick No. 23 overall.