Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has officially decided to declare for the NFL Draft. He will forgo his senior season to do so.
He made his decision public during a press conference on Monday afternoon. Adam Schefter confirmed the news on Twitter after Tagovailoa took the podium.
Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa is turning pro and entering 2020 NFL Draft.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 6, 2020
During his junior season, Tagovailoa suffered a gruesome hip injury that made his future a little more foggy. Some thought he would stay in college for one more year to regain his health, and possibly the number one overall pick. With the hip injury, it is supremely unlikely he will be the first overall pick, or the first quarterback taken in the draft.
The injury in 2019 was far from his first. He has suffered two ankle injuries, a broken finger, a knee injury, a quad injury and now the dislocated hip.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. has Tagovailoa as the third overall prospect, and the second quarterback prospect in the draft. Todd McShay, however, has him listed as the twelfth overall prospect. Obviously, the discrepancy is due to lack of trust in his health.
The Alabama Crimson Tide still has a Tagovailoa on the roster, however. Taulia Tagovailoa, Tua’s brother, could be in a quarterback competition with Mac Jones for the starting job.
Tua will likely hear his name in the first round of the draft in April 2020.
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