Tua Tagovailoa might go down as one of the best collegiate quarterbacks in history. He will enter the NFL draft with 87 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in his career at Alabama.
However, Tagovailoa’s collegiate career was cut short as a result of a hip injury against Mississippi State. It will keep him sidelined for an extended period of time extending beyond the 2019 NCAA season.
Despite the injury, Tagovailoa will still enter the 2020 NFL Draft and be one of the first quarterbacks selected. With Joe Burrow expected to go first to the Cincinnati Bengals, this leaves Tagovailoa available for plenty of other teams.
4. Tennessee Titans
The Marcus Mariota era has ended in Tennessee and there is little chance that Ryan Tannehill is the future at quarterback. Every year, the Titans are one of the league’s most inconsistent teams that land in the middle of the pack. This season is no different.
Tennessee needs a quarterback who could take them from mediocrity to the next level. Tua Tagovailoa could be that answer.
3. Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers have not drafted a quarterback in the first round since Eli Manning in 2004. He was later traded to the Giants for Philip Rivers and the rest is history. Rivers has been a staple for the Chargers for quite some time but his tenure could be coming to an end.
Los Angeles has some impressive talent at their skill positions with Keenan Allen, Melvin Gordon, Austin Ekeler, and Hunter Henry. Tua Tagovailoa could be the next big thing in Los Angeles to pull all of that talent together.
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs have made hinted that Jameis Winston will not be their quarterback in 2020. Winston has played five seasons in Tampa Bay and has not been able to figure out his turnover issues. He has thrown 78 interceptions in his career. Bruce Arians is in his first season as head coach of the Bucs and he needs to pick his own quarterback.
Tampa Bay will be in a position to land Tua Tagovailoa. If they do, it could be the move they need to bring the franchise into relevance.
1. Miami Dolphins
Despite his injury, the Dolphins remain the most likely landing spot for Tua Tagovailoa. These two have been linked since the beginning and it is still a real possibility. The Dolphins are no longer the favorite to land the No. 1 pick after picking up three wins but this does not diminish their chances at landing the Alabama product.
Miami has three picks in the first round of the 2020 draft. They will most likely be spread out so if they do not want to use a top-five pick on Tagovoailoa, they could land him in the middle of the first round.
Josh Rosen has been a disaster and Ryan Fitzpatrick, while exciting, is an aging journeyman quarterback. Miami needs a fresh start and it could be Tagovailoa.