ESPN analyst believes Tua Tagovailoa should return to Alabama in 2020
The end of the Tua Tagovailoa era at Alabama came to an awful end this past Saturday when the quarterback suffered a season-ending injury that required surgery on his hip. With his stock being so high for the upcoming NFL draft, Tagovailoa is expected to forego his senior season to make millions as a professional.
One ESPN analyst, however, believes it would be smart for Tagovailoa to return to Alabama for another year.
“It pains me to say this, I think Tua has to go back to school,” Emmanuel Acho said. “And it is monetarily speaking, what does Tua have to lose by going back to school? If he gets hurt again, he already has the injury notion that he is injury prone but if he goes back and he plays clean, you are talking about 15-plus million dollars guaranteed … I’m not for college athletes going back typically but in this case, Tua has more to gain by going back.”
A main part of Acho’s argument is that Tua might fall into the second round of the draft and therefore not get the amount of guaranteed money that a first-round pick would receive. Despite the injury, it is extremely difficult to see the quarterback falling all the way to the second round considering he was the consensus No. 1 overall pick entering the season.
While guys like Joe Burrow and Chase Young have made cases to take that top spot in April, Tagovailoa will still be fine and most likely a top-10 pick at the least.
Full video of Acho’s comments below:
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