While fans and some media members may be expecting Tua Tagovailoa to be the second QB selected in the upcoming NFL Draft, one prominent analyst is indicating otherwise. According to Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller, the former Alabama standout is no longer a lock to be the No. 2 quarterback picked – and not because of his injury. In Miller’s latest Scouting Notebook, he writes that Tagovailoa appears to have hurt his stock at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis:

Where does Tua’s stock stand? On calls and in texts with multiple scouts and decision-makers this week, you find that the media are higher on the former Alabama quarterback than teams are. Tua ranks as QB4 on one board I saw this week and was QB3 on another.

So why are scouts down on what seems like a sure thing? It’s not all injuries. One team source explained that they have knocked Tua for an all-world supporting cast that often saved him when plays broke down. Another mentioned poor interviews and board work during scouting combine meetings.

Tua’s accuracy and vision are exceptional, and he’s a very good prospect with starter traits, but it’s worth noting that not everyone sees him as a lock to be the second quarterback drafted.

As the former Director of Scouting for New Era Scouting, Miller’s reports and analysis are closely followed. Miller has had his share of “cold takes” though, saying he liked Jake Fromm over Tagovailoa in April 2019.

We’ll find out in a few weeks if Tagovailoa is really QB3 or even QB4 in the draft.