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Nick Saban Makes NFL Comparison For QB Tua Tagovailoa

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa with his head coach, Nick Saban.

TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA - SEPTEMBER 07: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide converses with Tua Tagovailoa #13 against the New Mexico State Aggies at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 07, 2019 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Of all of the NFL superstars that Nick Saban has produced in his storied career, producing one at QB has remained elusive for him. But with Tua Tagovailoa entering the draft and expected to be a top 10 pick, Saban might finally have his superstar NFL signal caller. Based on his most recent assessment of Tua, there's even more reason to think so.

In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Saban asserted that Tua draws remarkable similarities to two of the NFL's best QBs. He pointed to Saints QB Drew Brees and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers for his accuracy and playing style.

“I think he’s a lot like Drew Brees. I always thought Aaron Rodgers was a lot like that as a player too,” Saban said, per Sports Illustrated. “Not overly big, accurate with the ball, really good judgment, decision-making..."

Though Saban stopped short of declaring that Tua will share the accomplishments of those future Hall of Famers, he made it clear that his abilities are right there with them.

In three years at Alabama, Tua completed over 69-percent of his passes for 7,442 yards and 87 touchdowns. He broke the Alabama records for single-season passing yards and touchdowns in 2018.

Nearly all draft boards have Tua as a top-two QB, battling for the top spot with LSU star Joe Burrow.

But coming off a serious hip injury that briefly threatened his playing career, it's widely believed that his injury history will cause him to slide a couple of spots on draft day.

As much as the Cincinnati Bengals need an elite QB, Burrow's local connections and national popularity make him almost a lock to go No. 1 overall.

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