Mark Schofield continues his Interception Project at Matt Waldman’s Rookie Scouting Portfolio with a look at Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, one of the best passers in this rich 2020 NFL Draft class.
Tua Tagovailoa has given the sports media world a ton to work with over the past few months.
It begins with his hip injury. First, the speculation—hours of speculation—over whether Tagovailoa would return to school or enter the NFL draft. Then, once he decided to declare for the professional game, his injury and how it might impact his draft stock became daily fodder for cable shows.
Then last week in Indianapolis, there was was the inevitable craziness of the NFL Scouting Combine, and the walk videotaped around the world. Everywhere Tagovailoa went, whether walking to weigh-ins, or walking to the podium for his media session, or anywhere else in Indianapolis, people were watching. Videotaping, and wondering about how his hip really was progressing.
Of course, the medical part of his scouting profile is a huge deal. But there is also his play on the field. While Tagovailoa is a very solid prospect, he is not perfect. Few quarterback prospects are. It is true that he did not give us much to work with this season for the Interception Project, throwing just three INTs during his 2019 campaign, but you can always learn something from your mistakes.
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