Tua Tagovailoa was long considered the easily the top quarterback available in the 2020 NFL Draft until two things happened late in 2019. The first is Joe Burrow‘s rapid ascension in 2019. The second more significant occurrence was the dislocated hip he suffered against Mississippi State, ending his season. What does his future hold after the injury? Can he still be the extremely high-end quarterback prospect he was viewed as since he took over at Alabama?
From The Beginning
Tagovailoa is of Samoan descent and has been in love with the game of football since he was a child. He was born and raised in Hawaii and attend high school at Saint Louis School. This is the same high school attended by previous second overall draft pick Marcus Mariota, and Mariota served as a mentor to Tagovailoa during his high school years. Upon his completion of high school, he was ranked as the top high school player from the state of Hawaii and was given a five star grade by 247 Sports. Tagovailoa had 17 scholarship offers and chose Alabama and Nick Saban for his future. This was clearly the correct choice for him, as he earned a national championship in his freshman season and became something of a household name by the middle of his sophomore season.
Dominant College Production
At that projected draft position, high-end comps abound, including Andrew Luck and Mayfield. The body of work for Tagovailoa is completely deserving of the top overall selection, but there is much to be learned on medical rechecks at the combine and beyond before we can say for sure that he is in play to retake the top spot from Burrow. Burrow is a very good prospect in his own right, but perhaps no player in a stacked draft class brings the ceiling that Tagovailoa does.
For dynasty purposes, the injuries could very well become a blessing in disguise if they ultimately didn’t change anything but the cost to acquire him.