Lions, Dolphins Are Favorites To Draft Tua Tagovailoa
The Lions and Dolphins are the favorites to draft Tua Tagovailoa.
Tagovailoa is widely expected to be the second quarterback off the board in April.
Heading into the most recent college football season, many regarded Tagovailoa as the best player available.
Unfortunately, a mid-season hip injury coupled with LSU star Joe Burrow’s ascension derailed Tagovailoa’s rising stock a bit.
Now Burrow is expected to be selected with the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. From there the Washington Redskins, who just drafted Dwayne Haskins out of Ohio State and are good at quarterback, are expected to pick defensive end Chase Young.
From the third pick onward – things get interesting.
Technically Detroit has Matthew Stafford and does not presently need a quarterback. In fact, the team has far more gaping holes on the defensive side of the ball – particularly in the secondary.
However, recent reports indicate that Detroit is enthralled with the prospect of taking Tagovailoa third overall.
If the Lions do not ultimately move on Tagovailoa, Miami likely will at the No. 5 pick.
The interest in Tagovailoa is certainly understandable. Over the course of his time at Alabama, he amassed 7,442 yards and 87 touchdowns. An immediate difference maker on the offensive side when healthy, he would quickly become the franchise star for any organization that opts to select him.
If for some crazy reason Detroit and Miami defy the odds and go with someone other than Tagovailoa, the two teams picking at Nos. 6 and 7 also need quarterbacks.
Both the Los Angeles Chargers and Carolina Panthers are currently looking for a solution to their passing woes, Tagovailoa could be precisely what they need in the unlikely event that he actually drops that far.