On Friday morning, former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf sat down with Pat McAfee. During the radio show, Leaf brought up one of the hottest takes we’ve seen leading up to the draft.
The former San Diego Chargers quarterback listed his top-five quarterbacks in the draft. As he ran down the list, McAfee noted Leaf did not have former Alabama star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa on the list.
Then things got even more interesting. Leaf, the former No. 2 overall pick, said he doesn’t think Tagovailoa will have success at the NFL level.
“I have reservations around him at the next level,” Leaf said on the show. “And it has nothing to do with his personality, his ability. There’s something, it’s in my gut that it’s not going to translate to the NFL.”
“The inability to make it through a season in the SEC and the type of injuries – the surgeries that exist with the best type of talent around him. If you go to the Detroit Lions and Matt Patricia, you’re not going to be protected. Just look at Matthew Stafford who got beat up. That’s something that could happen. I don’t even know where I put him [on my list of top quarterbacks in the draft]. If I don’t think he’s going to be a success at the NFL level, how can I throw him in there at No. 5?”
Here are his full comments.
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) February 28, 2020
It’s certainly a bold take from the former collegiate star. Tagovailoa will likely be the second quarterback selected in the draft, regardless of Leaf’s comments.
To be fair, Leaf isn’t the only analyst concerned with Tua’s injury history. However, he seems to be the only one willing to pass on Tua because of that.