Tua Tagovailoa’s 2020 NFL Draft Decision Made, Says ESPN
Tua Tagovailoa’s 2020 NFL Draft decision is made, says ESPN.
Tagovailoa entered this season as arguably the best player in all of college football.
The consensus opinion on his draft status was that he would be either the first or second quarterback selected.
Unfortunately, Tagovailoa went down with a season-ending hip injury during Alabama’s game against Tennessee.
The injury not only killed Alabama’s chances of competing for a National Championship, but it also put Tagovailoa’s NFL future in serious doubt.
Although everyone agreed that Tagovailoa would likely still be a taken in the first round, his days as a surefire top-five or so pick were over.
Recently Tagovailoa was pressed on whether he would still want to enter the NFL Draft if he was not taken at the top. The Alabama star indicated that if he did not think he could go high in the draft, he may return for one more season.
During an in-depth looking at the upcoming NFL Draft, ESPN insider Mel Kiper Jr. indicated that there was almost no chance of Tagovailoa falling out of the first round.
“Slim to none — if there are no setbacks in his rehab from his hip injury,” Kiper said, in regards to Tagovailoa slipping out of the first round.
“You’re talking about the best pure passer in this class,” he continued.
“Could he drop to the middle of the first round because of the injury? Yes. But he’s going to go earlier than most people think. And some team is going to find its quarterback of the future.”
The emergence of LSU quarterback Joe Burrow complicates Tagovailoa’s draft status even more. If there was a shortage of quality quarterbacks available, his injury would be a smaller deal.
Will Tagovailoa ultimately join the NFL next season? Time will tell.