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  • HEIGHT:

  • 6' 1"

  • WEIGHT:

  • 218

  • GRADUATING CLASS:

  • 2021

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Tua Tagovailoa is a player who doesn't need an introduction, but it doesn't hurt to run through his background. He grew up in Hawaii and dominated at the same high school as Marcus Mariota. Tagovailoa then chose Alabama over schools like Oregon and UCLA. During his freshman season, Tagovailoa served as a backup to Jalen Hurts until the final game of the season. In the National Championship against Georgia, Tagovailoa replaced a struggling Hurts. Tagovailoa was 14-of-24 for 166 yards with three touchdowns and an interception while running for 27 yards. In overtime, Tagovailoa threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to Devonta Smith to get Alabama another National Championship. Tagovailoa won the starting quarterback job over Hurts for the 2018 season and was sensational for the Crimson Tide. In 2018, Tagovailoa completed 69 percent of his passes for 3,966 yards with 43 touchdowns and six interceptions. He led Alabama to return to the National Championship game, but this time, the Crimson Tide lost to Clemson. 2019 Season Outlook: The Crimson Tide will see some good defenses in their divisional games with excellent NFL talent in the SEC West, but they don't play any difficult non-conference opponents. Tagovailoa should have a fast start to the season with cupcakes like Duke, New Mexico State, and Southern Miss early in the year. The Crimson Tide also showed a lot of courage by scheduling Western Carolina in late November. Tagovailoa should have his way with plenty of SEC opponents including South Carolina, Tennessee, Ole Miss, and Texas A&M. Tagovailoa's toughest opponents will be LSU in early November, Mississippi State a week later, and Auburn to conclude the season. Those three defenses have a lot of NFL talent for the 2020 and 2021 NFL Drafts. Skill-Set Summary: Tagovailoa is a good fit for the current NFL and looks like he could become a quality starter early in his NFL career. He can beat defenses as a pocket passer or use his feet to move the ball on the ground, and is dangerous quarterback to make a game-changing throw any time he drops back to pass. Tagovailoa makes plays in the clutch and has the presence of a winner. Tagovailoa is an aggressive passer who doesn't hesitate to challenge defenses downfield. He throws a very good deep ball, showing a quality arm and an ability to place his passes well downfield. He may not have an elite cannon, but his arm looks good enough. In the pocket, Tagovailoa shows patience and doesn't panic when his first read is covered. With presence and feel, he has the ability to function in a vertical passing offense. Tagovailoa is a steady passer who generally has good accuracy. He does well for the most part on his short and intermediate passes to hit receivers on the run on slants and crossing routes. In almost every NFL game, there are a few third-and-medium situations on which a mobile quarterback can use their legs to pick up a first down, and Tagovailoa has that ability. He is a good athlete with enough quickness to get yardage on the ground. His mobility and athleticism allow him to buy time and escape sacks. There are also times that Tagovailoa shows an ability to scramble and make throws off platform to move the chains. Tagovailoa is not tall, but not too short given the current trend in the NFL. He also has a thick build, and that should help him to avoid injury. Tagovailoa has some things he can seek to improve on, and he definitely has upside to develop as he gains more experience over only his second season as a starter. There are plays on which he could pull the trigger a little faster and anticipate his receivers breaking open rather than waiting an extra second. In the NFL, he won't have as much time to throw as he does at Alabama. His footwork and mechanics could use some development, but he has a very good starting point for a quarterback entering the next level. Tagovailoa is also left-handed, and that will cause time to adjust for his pro receivers, because the vast majority are used to a right-handed quarterbacks, and his offensive line is going to need a very good right tackle as he will be the blind-side protector for Tagovailoa. Tagovailoa looks like a future NFL starter and probably will be a team's young franchise quarterback come training camp of 2020.

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Published on December 03, 2019 at 8:57 PM (ET)

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