The Miami Dolphins were well represented at the LSU-Alabama Saturday showdown in Tuscaloosa, sending general manager Chris Grier and two of his scouts to personally follow the match, league sources told ESPN.
The Dolphins were not alone. Seventeen NFL teams had 25 representatives on Saturday, with GM Brandon Beane of Buffalo Bills also present, according to sources.
But no team sent a larger contingent than Miami, for which three first-round picks are currently scheduled for the year.
Grier personally wanted to see both quarterbacks, Joe Burrow of the LSU and Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama, but he also wanted to see the wealth of talent being shown to make their pick in April.
Many thought that the Dolphins (1-7) were "Tanking for Tua", but they could also be "Basement-Dwelling for Burrow".
Miami is one of five teams starting Sunday with a win or a win less and has been associated with Tagovailoa and other top quarterback prospects. The winless Cincinnati Bengals (0-8) prevailed against longtime starter Andy Dalton last month and could also challenge an early first-round choice for a quarterback touchdowns as they put the second-placed Tiger into a gripping 46: 41- Victory over Tagovailoa and third-placed Crimson Tide led.
The LSU scored 33:13 in the first half thanks to Burrow's three TD passes in the first half before heading into an angry gathering led by Tagovailoa. The last time a defense coached by Nick Saban allowed 33 or more points in the first half of a game was October 16, 1999, when Michigan State lost 52- 28 to Purdue, a 20-year-old that day with a quarterback was Drew Brees.
Tagovailoa, widely predicted as a potential No. 1 draft-picking, passed 418 yards and four touchdowns despite being only 20 days away from the ankle surgery.