Tua Tagovailoa declares for 2020 NFL Draft

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On Monday afternoon, star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa declared for the 2020 NFL Draft. The junior is forgoing his senior season at Alabama. 

Considered by many to be one of the top quarterback prospects in recent years, Tagovailoa’s draft stock slid after a devastating hip injury late this season. There was some question whether or not he should return for his senior year to rehab the injury, but he was still considered a first round pick.

Tagovailoa finishes his career at Alabama holding school records for most passing touchdowns (87) and most 300-yard games (10). Over his three yeas, Tagovailoa threw for 7,442 yards and completed nearly 70 percent of his passes. 

At 6’1″ 218-pounds, Tagovailoa is seen as small for the pro position. But the success of “small” quarterbacks like Russell Wilson and Drew Brees has mitigated some of that concern.

According to Pro Football Focus, Tagovailoa is the only college quarterback to register a 90.0-plus passing grade each of the last two seasons. 

Injury concerns may have made Tua QB2 for some, but it’s notable that Tagovailoa was not using a crutch when he walked to the podium for Monday’s presser.

Tua Tagovailoa’s Draft Stock

While his stock will vary from team to team, Tagovailoa probably won’t fall further than the Miami Dolphins’ No. 5 pick in the first round. The Dolphins may even need to trade up to ensure Tua’s selection.

Trading the No. 5 pick and a 3rd-rounder could be enough to move the Dolphins from No. 5 to Detroit’s No. 3. 

In all likelihood, the Cincinnati Bengals will select Ohio-native Joe Burrow with the No. 1 overall pick. And it’s hard to imagine Washington passing on Chase Young at No. 2, especially considering they invested a first round pick on quarterback Dwayne Haskins last season. 

The intrigue will come with Detroit’s No. 3 pick. They have Matthew Stafford and many other needs, so they may trade down for a draft-day haul of picks. 

Questions surrounding Tagovailoa’s health should be answered in the coming weeks. And NFL teams will have the next four months to evaluate Tagovailoa’s medicals before taking a chance on him in the draft. 

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