His hip injury is a major concern, but if Tua Tagovailoa is healthy, he’s right there with Joe Burrow. According to a report by Bleacher Report‘s Mike Freeman, there are teams that have to two top quarterbacks on the same tier in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Even so, it would be a major surprise if Tua manages to jump his SEC rival for the No. 1 pick. Burrow is an Ohio native and former Ohio State Buckeye. It makes all the sense in the world for him to be the new face of the Cincinnati Bengals, despite the posturing between the two sides in recent days.
Beyond there, the possibilities for Tua’s NFL future are very broad. Washington took quarterback Dwayne Haskins in the first round last year, and is expected to go with Chase Young with this year’s No. 2 pick, but even they are bringing Tua and Burrow in for an interview. The Miami Dolphins have long been floated as a potential landing spot for him. They’re currently at No. 5 and have solid draft capital to move up if necessary.
We’ve seen some pretty gaudy comparisons for Tua Tagovailoa in the past. Drew Brees is one name that comes up fairly often. One unnamed NFC coach thinks the Alabama star reminds him of another superstar quarterback: Seattle Seahawks standout Russell Wilson. Those two stars are players that Tua himself says he tries to emulate, and that he’s in contact with.
I try to emulate Russell Wilson and Drew Brees. I text with them here or there. – Tua
— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) February 25, 2020
Freeman buys into the comparisons quite a bit.
“I don’t think it’s crazy to say he could be the next Russell Wilson,” the NFC coach said.
These comparisons are sometimes silly, of course. You don’t compare a raw recruit who just graduated from S.H.I.E.L.D. to Captain America.
But the way Tagovailoa moves, goes through his progressions and throws the football, he resembles—quite astonishingly—a left-handed Wilson. That assumes he’s healthy, and one need look no further than last season to see a player who still threw for 2,840 yards, 33 touchdowns and only three interceptions despite missing the last three games of it.
Any team that takes him will have to have the patience to get Tua back to 100-percent. There’s a very good chance next year is a total redshirt season no matter what.
After that, it wouldn’t surprise if Tagovailoa does become a true star, based on what we’ve seen from him in college. The 2020 NFL Draft begins on Thursday, April 23.