Steve Young on what impresses him the most about Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa
At this point, Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa seems destined to become the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Obviously, Tagovailoa is different than most, and he may decide to come back to school.
However, if he’s projected as the No. 1 pick, which most think he will be, it would be tough to pass up. He’s having a huge season, too, already having thrown for 1,718 yards, 23 touchdowns and no interceptions through five weeks.
Tagovailoa’s game will remind folks of another former lefty — Steve Young. ESPN’s Adam Schefter recently had Young on his latest podcast, and the ESPN reporter asked Young what made Tagovailoa so impressive.
“From the moment he stepped on the field, you recall, it was dramatic,” Young said. “Some of the most dramatic stuff I’ve ever seen. He showed up in that game. Putting balls so that it’s throwing people open. There’s just a natural thing.”
We’re assuming that Young was talking about the 2018 national championship win over Georgia, where Tagovailoa replaced Jalen Hurts at halftime and led the Tide to the national championship.
“There is natural ability,” Young said about quarterbacks in general. “We can develop it on the edges, but accuracy is natural. Having that three-dimensional chess in your head throwing people open. You can learn it on the edges, but it has to be fundamental. Tua just seems like somebody who has that intuition and has the physical ability to do it.”
Young said he reached out to Tagovailoa via text message when he broke in his freshman season, and he mentioned that since the groundwork is laid for a future relationship, he’d welcome the opportunity to speak further.
The former 49ers quarterback said Tagovailoa’s game reminds him a lot of himself.
“One hundred percent,” Young said. “Size-wise. Mobility-wise. How he throws the football. Honestly, it really feels familiar when I see him play.”
It’s looking like the Miami Dolphins or the Cincinnati Bengals will have the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.