Name: Tua Tagovailoa - Position: QB
Height: 6'1" - Weight: 218 lbs
School: Alabama - Age: 21
Pro ceiling: Drew Brees
Analyst : Alex Katson - @alexkatson
Love his mechanics: footwork is some of the cleanest in the class and release has only a small hitch. Good feel for the rush, does well to keep his eyes downfield while rushers close in on him. Pro-ready awareness of when to put something extra or take a little off a throw. Didn’t have to make too many reads at Bama because every receiver was open, but showed the ability to do it when he had to.
Left-handedness elongates his play-action fakes; Alabama still had a lot of those actions moving right so might not be an issue in the NFL with a coach who schemes around it. Durability is the big concern (2018 broken finger/sprained knee/left quad and ankle injuries, 2019 sprained ankle and posterior wall fracture). Deep accuracy can be spotty, but it’s often because he’s taking a shot for the sake of doing so.
Games Watched: New Mexico State (2019), South Carolina (2019), Ole Miss (2019), Tennessee (2019), LSU (2019)
Tagovailoa’s medicals are expected to check out at this week’s NFL Combine, at which point we’ll have a much better idea of when he’ll be ready to play football again. Even so, durability is always going to be what limits Tua’s ceiling as a prospect and player. If he stays healthy, I have no question he’ll become one of the better QBs in the league within a couple seasons. In a West Coast scheme where he can nickel and dime defenses, with the occasional deep shot built in, I think he’ll excel much the way his pro comparison Drew Brees has for going on 20 years now.
Best Fits: Miami Dolphins, Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders