The 2020 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. The Game Haus will be doing scouting reports on some of the top prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft. Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has battled injuries during college, but has played well, and now is headed to the NFL.
Size: 6-foot-1, 218 pounds
2019 stats: 2,840 passing yards, 33 touchdowns, 3 interceptions, 71.4 percent completion
Tagovailoa started his college career off as a backup to Jalen Hurts, but then won the job over and developed into a great quarterback prospect. He was injured nine games into his junior season and decided to leave Alabama for the pros, while he rehabs.
He sat behind Hurts during his freshman season, but came into the National Championship Game after Hurts struggled. Tagovailoa helped bring Alabama a title by throwing for three touchdowns. After battling Hurts for the job, Tagovailoa was the starter for Alabama in 2018. He passed for 3,966 yards, 43 touchdowns and six interceptions on 69 percent completion. Even though he hurt his ankle, he played through it and took Alabama to the College Football Playoff, where they lost to Clemson in the National Championship Game. In 2019, Tagovailoa threw for 2,840 yards, 33 touchdowns and three interceptions in nine games before dislocating his hip, which ended his season.
Although he pondered his decision of whether to declare for the draft or return to school, Tagovailoa chose to go to the NFL. His injuries over his college career will give some teams doubts, but he still figures to be picked very early in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Tagovailoa is a very accurate quarterback. He is able to put the ball right where he needs it to be. This extends to all areas of the field, as he has short, intermediate and deep ball accuracy. Often times, he is able to put the ball right on the money so his receivers can run after the catch and create big plays.
He is a good decision-maker, as he reads the field well and usually makes the appropriate throw. In his whole college career, he had just 11 interceptions. Tagovailoa knows when and where to throw it or to tuck it and run if nothing is there. He can lose sight of linebackers and safeties at times, but for the most part, he makes the right throws.
His pocket presence is among the best in the class. He can feel the rush coming and has moves to get out of the pressure as well. Tagovailoa can step into the pocket, juke forward and retreat or spin to evade pressure. Doing this extends plays and can help his team gain huge amounts of yardage.
The first thing that every evaluator will point out is his durability issues. He had ankle injuries his first few years at Alabama and then dislocated his hip. He was able to play through most of the injuries, but they will start take their toll if they keep coming. Tagovailoa will not be able to throw until right before the draft, so teams will be wondering how the injuries effect his motion.
His size will be something that traditional evaluators will not like. He stands at just 6-foot-1, which is far from what used to be accepted in the NFL. New quarterbacks should have debunked that feeling, but some teams will stay away because of his height. If he doesn’t drop back too far and stays in the pocket, his size shouldn’t be an issue.
On the field, he won’t ever have one of the strongest arms in the league. He can throw the ball far, but he doesn’t throw it fast. This will make his accuracy crucial, as if the ball floats in the air longer than anticipated, it could be picked off. Throws to the sides of the field will be harder for him.
Projected Draft Range: Top 10 Pick