Tua Tagovailoa Responds To Cowboys Draft Chatter
Tua Tagovailoa responded to Cowboys draft chatter this past week during a conversation with the media at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Tagovailoa did an interview with the NFL Network last week during which he was asked which team he would like to play for, if he had his choice.
The former Alabama star provided an honest and thoughtful response to the question, noting that he was a dedicated Dallas Cowboys fan growing up.
“If you’re saying to me, I could choose what team I want to play on as far as my favorite team growing up, I’d probably tell you the [Dallas] Cowboys,” he said.
“But, I mean, they’re so far down [in the draft order].”
Naturally, the media took that statement and ran with it. Countless stories ran describing how Tagovailoa desperately wanted to play in Dallas.
On Tuesday, Tagovailoa came out and addressed all that talk, pointing out that his comments have been heavily misconstrued.
“I’d be grateful to be drafted by any team,” Tagovailoa said.
Tua Tagovailoa grew up a Cowboys fan and has dogs named Dallas and Star, but he thought his words were twisted last week in his desire to play for his favorite team. “I’d be grateful to be drafted by any team,” the Alabama quarterback said. https://t.co/dqoAgNw70K
— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) February 25, 2020
The reality is, there is no real scenario where Tagovailoa could possibly end up in Dallas.
After finishing 8-8 this past season, the Cowboys have the No. 17 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Tagovailoa is widely expected to go somewhere between the Nos. 3 and 7 pick.
The Cincinnati Bengals will likely select LSU star Joe Burrow with the top overall pick. From there, the Washington Redskins will likely take Ohio State defensive end Chase Young.
At the No. 3 spot, with the Detroit Lions on the board, things get interesting. They could take Tagovailoia, or they may opt to shore up one of their many, many weaknesses on the defensive side of the ball.
If Detroit does not take the Alabama star, the Miami Dolphins at No. 5, Los Angeles Chargers at No. 6 and Carolina Panthers at No. 7 are all looking to take a quarterback.
Should disaster strike and Tagovailoa fall out of the top ten for some incomprehensible reason, the Las Vegas Raiders would gladly scoop him up at the No. 12 spot.
Moreover, the Indianapolis Colts at No. 13 and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at No. 14 both need quarterbacks as well.
All of which is to say, there is absolutely zero shot that Tagovailoa ends up with the Cowboys when it is all said and done.