Tua Tagovailoa Hates Lions, Does Not Want To Play There
Tua Tagovailoa hates the Lions and does not want to play there, it appears.
Heisman winning LSU quarterback Joe Burrow is set to go to the Cincinnati Bengals with the number one overall pick. That we know.
The big question is what comes after that.
By all accounts, the next guaranteed quarterback picker will be the Miami Dolphins, who hold the No. 5 overall selection.
In between the first and fifth pick sit the Lions.
Detroit has the No. 3 overall spot, and many are wondering whether the organization will use this opportunity to move on from quarterback Matthew Stafford.
NEW: I just had a one-on-one with Tua and we talked about several Dolphins things. Bottom line: He tells me he would be “more than happy” if Dolphins draft him. Details: https://t.co/vG4UrjPdH4
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) January 30, 2020
Stafford was injured for most of this season and does not have many years of top-tier play left in him.
If the Lions see something in Tagovailoa, taking him before the Dolphins can select him would make a lot of sense.
Unfortunately, it does not appear to be something Tagovailoa himself wants.
According to a recent column in the Miami Herald, Tagovailoa’s family is not particularly enthused about him ending up there.
The organization’s history of botching young quarterbacks has apparently scared them away.
“Sources close to Tagovailoas say the Alabama quarterback would love for the Dolphins to trade up to No. 3 to select him,” the Miami Herald notes.
“Those same sources say they don’t love the idea of Detroit actually picking Tua because of the arc of that team’s current coaching situation.”
Furthermore, it appears that Tagovailoa’s family would “love” for him to go to Miami.
Aside from quarterback, the Lions also have huge gaping holes on the defensive side of the ball.
If the franchise feels comfortable with Stafford for a few more years, they could get a lot of value by trading the No. 3 pick to Miami and then patching up the secondary with the assets they get back.