One of the biggest headlines in the 2020 NFL Draft remains to be Tua Tagovailoa, whom many believe is going to be the NFL’s biggest bet.
The Alabama quarterback has been the most polarizing subject in this draft. Some analysists believe that had it not been for his injury issues in college, he would be the No. 1 overall pick, according to the New York Post.
Tua is regarded as a very polished quarterback, his high character and leadership, resembles the makeup of a Drew Brees. These veteran characteristics help make the Crimson Tide player very likable, and has received high praise.
Former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer raved about Tagovailoa, went on record calling him, “the single best prospect I have ever been around, I have ever studied”. ESPN’s Jeff Darlington told SportsCenter he is also high on Tua, “I will be shocked If any other quarterback gets drafted with the No. 5 overall pick”.
With great praise, also comes great doubt for Tua, being labeled by experts as one of NFL’s greatest gambles possibly ever. Along with his history of injuries, scouts are concerned about Tua’s size, and whether or not he can stay on the field.
There has always been skepticism with ‘undersized’ quarterbacks, but many of them have proved scouts to be wrong, reiterating that the league is changing. Tagovailoa can certainly emulate a Russell Wilson story, and that he plays bigger than his size.
In my perspective, 6’1’’ is respectable size, but the NFL nowadays wants the typical prototype quarterbacks to be 6’5’’Quarterback play in the NFL, however, really has evolved since the Michael Vick era, so expectations and scouting has been changing (remember Baker Mayfield was taken No. 1 overall?).
Some believe there is the possibility that Tua falls down in the draft, and that he may be in for a long night. Whether he is drafted early or not, the Alabama prospect is more than likely to have a domino effect with the other quarterbacks in the draft.
Will Tua be the second QB off the board (behind Joe Burrow), or will it be Justin Herbert?