Before the 2019 NFL and college football seasons kicked off, the Miami Dolphins were expected to land the No. 1 pick. With that pick, most analysts suggested the team should take former Alabama star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
However, after the Dolphins won five games during the 2019 season, Miami seemed to price itself out of the market for Tua. Then Tagovailoa suffered a season-ending hip injury that hurt his draft stock.
Once again, the Dolphins and Tua seemed destined for each other. And yet, heading into the final two months before the draft, there are questions as to how much Miami actually likes Tagovailoa.
The two sides met at the NFL Combine, but the conversation was noted as “weird” from Tua’s side. Now, another report suggests the Dolphins are fine with not making a bold play to land the star quarterback.
According to the latest report from NFL Network insider Daniel Jeremiah, the Los Angeles Chargers are the team “most-likely” to trade up for Tua.
“I think [the Detroit Lions] trade back to No. 5 or No. 6, I think it’s either the Dolphins or the Chargers [who trade up]. My money is on the Chargers trading up to get this pick and take Tua because I believe the Miami Dolphins have a comfort level with either Herbert or with Tua.”
The Chargers have a few reasons to trade up for Tua. After letting Philip Rivers go, the team is in need of a new quarterback – with respect to Tyrod Taylor.
Add in the fact that the Chargers are finally moving into their new Los Angeles home, and the team could desperately use some star power.
One of college football’s best quarterbacks over the past decade could certainly help to add some buzz.