Tua Tagovailoa was one of the greatest quarterbacks in college football history. If he's healthy, the Alabama star should be number 1 in the 2020 NFL Draft for a long time.
But which team will now be ready to build their franchise around them?
Tagovailoa announced on Monday that he will skip his graduation season in Alabama and join the NFL selection to eliminate the risk of another serious injury at school. Now several teams have to weigh up whether it is worth deciding for the productive and injury-prone south paw. Tagovailoa is still recovering from his hip surgery on November 18.
Tagovailoa should recover completely.
"I don't think any of the doctors can say the foreseeable future, none of the guys who rehabilitate me can say that," Tagovailoa said Monday. "Of what [doctors have] Everything looks good in New York, but you can only really judge it after three or four months. That's the measure of all of that. "
Even with the injury, Tagovailoa, who received a top 15 rating in meetings with NFL teams, is still a consensus in the first round. Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN names Tagovailoa as the best pure passer-by in the class and the third-placed candidate in the draft – behind Chase Young from Ohio State and Joe Burrow from LSU – and compares the south paw to Drew Brees. Todd McShay is 12th overall in Tagovailoa, but is the second-placed quarterback behind Burrow.
After Burrow has probably landed in Cincinnati as a top tip, Tagovailoa will draw a lot of interest, which may lead to a kick the next day.
The Dolphins have been looking for someone to fill Dan Marino's tunnels for the past two decades and are ranked 5th, the first of Miami's first three selection rounds. The Chargers could emerge from the Philip Rivers era and take Tagovailoa with the sixth choice, as Steve Serby of The Post predicted in his latest design.
If Tagovailoa slips due to health reasons, several teams have the chance of theft – or bankruptcy.