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With the fifth in the first of the NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins selected quarterback Tua Tagovailoa out of Alabama, making him the first quarterback taken so far in the 2020 draft.
After a much-publicized hip injury against Mississippi State during his junior season at Alabama, Tua has been rehabbing relentlessly for the past few months. Tagovailoa is the career leader in touchdowns at Bama, breaking A.J. McCarron’s record. He led Alabama to a national championship as a freshman after coming in for the second half against Georgia in the national championship game.
Tagovailoa is exactly what most teams are looking for in a dual-threat quarterback. While some may be scared away by his injury, he should be able to be a quality starter in the NFL for the next decade.
In 2018, his only complete season at Bama, Tua passed for 44 scores and completed 69.0% of his passes. That completion percentage went up to 71.4% in his nine games in the 2019 season.
Tua, by all accounts, is a natural leader. He has earned the praise of Alabama coach Nick Saban and the admiration of numerous scouts. If you need proof of Tagovailoa’s leadership, just look back to the magical second half against Georgia. When the Bulldogs thought they had buried Alabama, Tua stepped up and created the comeback almost single-handedly.
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What the Analysts Say
Talented dual-threat quarterback with winning background, explosive production and loads of experience in high-leverage games. He may be pigeon-holed into a spread or RPO-heavy attack, but he’s actually a clean fit in a pro-style attack filled with play-action and roll-outs. He has the release, accuracy and touch needed to work all three levels successfully and can become a more disciplined, full-field reader to piece the puzzle together against NFL coverages. – Lance Zierlein, NFL Network
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The search for the Miami Dolphins’ future quarterback has ended.
Tagovailoa enters an interesting situation in Miami. Although the offensive line needs help, the Dolphins have two more first-round selections and two in the second round to help solve the problems. In terms of receiving weapons, 1000-yard receiver DeVante Parker solves the biggest problem.
Expect Tagovailoa to sit behind Ryan Fitzpatrick with the intention of being the team’s starting quarterback in 2021.