NFL Network draft analyst lists Tua Tagovailoa ahead of Joe Burrow on his 2020 NFL Draft QB rankings
By finishing off arguably the greatest individual season in college football history by leading LSU to the national championship, Joe Burrow appeared to cement his status as the No. 1 selection in the 2020 NFL Draft.
However, now that Tua Tagovailoa continues to progress from his devastating hip injury suffered against Mississippi State that prematurely ended the Alabama quarterback’s season in mid-November, the support for the former Crimson Tide star continues to grow leading up to the 2020 NFL Combine.
Heading into the combine, which takes place Feb. 27-March 1, Tagovailoa’s rehab lingers as arguably the biggest question mark of the event. Should he continue to receive promising medical check-ups, we may continue to hear NFL teams begin to question whether he should be rated ahead of Burrow.
In fact, NFL Network draft analyst Bucky Brooks, a former NFL player and scout, is already ready to take that leap of faith.
Brooks recently shared his top five prospects for each position heading into the 2020 NFL Combine and the former NFL scout currently lists Tagovailoa over Burrow. Here’s what Brooks wrote on the subject over at NFL.com:
The rapid ascension of Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson and a handful of other young quarterbacks has caused a seismic shift in how coaches and scouts are evaluating the position. Instead of playing the waiting game with a young QB1, teams are creating offenses around their gunslingers and enabling them to play through their mistakes. Tagovailova is the most talented QB1 in the class with a game that’s eerily similar to a left-handed version of Drew Brees. Despite an injury history that could make some decision-makers pause, Tagovailova’s A-plus arm talent, athleticism and intangibles make him an intriguing option as a franchise quarterback. Burrow is coming off the best season by a quarterback in college football history. He is a high IQ playmaker with outstanding rhythm as a passer. He throws with superb touch, timing and anticipation. He also flashes impressive movement skills as a runner.
Based on that analysis, Brooks is willing to bet on overall talent and overlook Tagovailoa’s injury history when it comes to selecting a quarterback. That’s not an unrealistic leap to make, but at the same time, injury history is likely going to play a major role in a franchise’s decision to select a player at the top of the draft.
When teams miss on quarterbacks in the draft, even if that’s due to injuries, coaches and GMs have been known to lose their jobs. Taking a risk on a player with an injury history isn’t something most NFL franchise are likely going to overlook as easily as Brooks apparently is willing to do.