The class of quarterbacks who will be available in the 2020 NFL Draft just got a bit deeper.
The news from The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman:
BREAKING QB Tua Tagovailoa says he will leave #Alabama early and enter the 2020 NFL draft
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 6, 2020
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has declared for the NFL Draft.
Tagovailoa surprised some folks by not declaring for the draft sooner, and raised some eyebrows when he tweeted he was holding a press conference today to announce his intentions, but he got there eventually.
For Tagovailoa – whose 2019 season was an injury-shortened one – the choice was between returning to Alabama with an opportunity to raise his draft stock and secure a possible top-3 selection or forgo his final season of eligibility for the upcoming NFL Draft, which has him as a virtual lock to be selected in the first round. That decision has been made, and Tagovailoa is not passing up the opportunity.
Tagovailoa figures to go within the first 10 picks of the draft. And since there are so many quarterback-needy teams in the league, it would be a shock if he dropped out of the top half of the draft. Because even though hip surgery put an end to his college football career, the injury wasn’t debilitating enough to make his draft stock fall too far. Tagovailoa is Pro Football Focus’ second-highest-rated draft-eligible quarterback, behind only LSU’s Joe Burrow.
(Michael: You’ll note, of course, that the Bears (without a first-round pick) won’t pick until long after Tagovailoa comes off the board, but the more QBs in this class, the better. Indeed, pushing everyone down a spot could help the Bears draft someone better in the second round. Or, who knows, maybe they’d trade up again …).