Tua Tagovailoa addresses talk of NFL teams 'tanking' to draft him
Since Tua Tagovailoa came off the bench in Atlanta to rally Alabama to victory over Georgia in the national championship game for the 2017 season, many football analysts have remarked that the Crimson Tide quarterback looks NFL ready.
After the 2019 season, Tagovailoa will be three years removed from high school and become eligible to enter the NFL Draft. Not surprisingly, fans of NFL teams expected to fare poorly in the 2019 season have talked about “tanking” (purposely losing) to be able to draft Tagovailoa in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Tagovailoa doesn’t appear to be very interested in the tanking talk. AL.com’s Josh Bean caught a recent SEC Network segment with Tagovailoa and network host Dari Nowkah discussing “tanking for Tua.”
“Is that they want me?” Tagovailoa asked when Nowkah first mentioned tanking.
When Nowkah explained the concept of tanking, Tagovailoa first pleaded ignorance.
“I actually haven’t seen it,” Tua said.
“You haven’t?” Nowkah replied. “This can’t be new to you.”
After some more prying from Nowkah, Tagovailoa admitted that he had heard of it, per Bean.
“I’ve heard it from my teammates,” Tagovailoa said.
With the NFL yet to begin even preseason play, the 2020 Draft order is a way’s away from being set and of any concern to Taogvailoa. The junior QB is obviously focused on the tasks ahead in Alabama’s 2019 campaign, something that should make his coach happy.