Tua Tagovailoa’s hip is healing as expected, according to the latest update. This makes it more likely that the Alabama quarterback will be selected early in this year’s NFL Draft.
It also increases the possibility that some team will trade up to take Tagovailoa. The Washington Redskins and Detroit Lions hold the second and third overall picks, but neither seem to be in the market for a quarterback. Either team could potentially land a haul from a franchise desperate to move up for QB help.
In an appearance on Get Up! this morning, ESPN’s Jeff Darlington named the Los Angeles Chargers as a possible destination for Tua. Los Angeles currently holds the No.6 pick and ostensibly could be looking for its QB of the future. The team already announced it is letting longtime quarterback Philip Rivers walk in free agency.
One spot ahead of LA is the Miami Dolphins, who own the No. 5 pick. Miami is definitely looking for a franchise signal caller, so the Chargers would need to jump them in order to pounce on Tua. That’s good news for the Redskins, Lions and maybe even the New York Giants, who pick fourth.
Here’s what Darlington had to say this morning.
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) February 11, 2020
If Los Angeles does not pursue a quarterback in free agency, you can bet head coach Anthony Lynn will be targeting one in the draft. Tua or Oregon’s Justin Herbert would make sense.
The 2020 NFL Draft is set for April 23-25 in Las Vegas.