Tua Tagovailoa has made his choice and is headed to the 2020 NFL Draft, bypassing his senior season at Alabama.
The damage added some intrigue into the choice however Tua Tagovailoa has declared for the NFL Draft and can go away Alabama with yet another yr of eligibility. Tua was lengthy seen as the highest total prospect coming into the season and into the autumn however a damaged hip suffered towards Mississippi State in mid-November modified the whole lot.
The damage which brings an unsure restoration interval and a large number of questions for NFL groups to ask themselves had some considering Tua would postpone the NFL for yet another yr and return to Alabama to rehab the damage and restore his NFL Draft inventory earlier than coming into the 2021 draft.
Regardless of many unknowns, the assumption was the danger of returning to high school the place he’d play without spending a dime and topic himself to a different potential damage might have had catastrophic results on his future. The sensible play was all the time Tua declaring for the NFL Draft even when he was seen as a chance because of the hip prognosis.
The elevated play of LSU quarterback Joe Burrow has put him on monitor to be the No. 1 choose by the Cincinnati Bengals however quarterback is all the time an in-demand place and Tua might nonetheless be the second quarterback taken. Even when he has to sit down out the bulk or all of his rookie season, which would be the sensible play regardless, Tua could have a handful of groups selecting early within the first spherical who might make him their first spherical choose.
Proudly owning the No. 5 choose, the Miami Dolphins have been the topic of many jokes in the summertime and early fall with them “tanking for Tua” however regardless of a season that was extra profitable than even essentially the most optimistic Fins fan would have thought, they might nonetheless find yourself with the Alabama signal-caller.
Along with the Dolphins, the Los Angeles Chargers (6), Carolina Panthers (7), Oakland Raiders (12), Indianapolis Colts (13) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (14) might all be available in the market for Tua.
The preliminary concern after the hip damage was whether or not Tua might have slid totally out of the primary spherical, which might have made his choice to return to high school a bit extra palatable to recoup the misplaced cash. In keeping with Nick Saban, Tua acquired a top-15 grade from the NFL Draft advisory board so groups selecting at or close to the underside of the primary should undertake a distinct plan in the event that they have been hoping the best Alabama quarterback in program historical past fell to them.
For Alabama, they’ll start life after Tua, one thing they’ve ready for after his ascension final yr as a sophomore that noticed him end because the Heisman runner-up and smash a number of single-season Alabama data. Mac Jones took over for Alabama after Tua was misplaced for the yr and has proven he’s able to main the offense and the workforce subsequent yr. Alabama can win the SEC with Jones below middle.
Jones will compete with Tua’s youthful brother, Taulia Tagovailoa, who was the workforce’s third-stringer and moved as much as the backup for Jones after Tua’s damage.
Alabama additionally added incoming freshman and Gatorade Participant of the 12 months, Bryce Younger, who destroyed the report books at Mater Dei Excessive College in California, the alma mater of Matt Leinart, Matt Barkley and JT Daniels, amongst others.
Younger has the best upside of anybody within the Alabama quarterback room however anticipating him to start out immediately as a freshman could also be asking an excessive amount of. Might he play a task within the offense and carve out a bigger timeshare because the season progresses? After all. However anticipate Jones to be the starter and for Alabama to be a preseason top-five workforce.
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