Tua Tagovailoa could cause a rat race in the 2020 NFL Draft once Joe Burrow goes No. 1, so which teams should trade up to get the Alabama quarterback?
Entering the college football season, the 2020 NFL Draft appeared to hold a historically deep quarterback class. But as the dust has settled, it’s still a deep class but one that’s top-heavy and might really be a two-man race at the top between Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa — maybe with a little Justin Herbert sprinkled in after them.
With Burrow projected by most to be the No. 1 overall pick by the Cincinnati Bengals though, the most interesting quarterback and singular piece in the 2020 NFL Draft is Tagovailoa. The Alabama Crimson Tide product is not only on the mend from a devastating hip injury but also is clearly the second-best prospect at the position. The latter could cause some calamity in the first round.
After Cincinnati, the Washington Redskins are expected to take Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young at No. 2. After them, however, there is no clear-cut No. 3 or 4 prospects and the Detroit Lions and New York Giants, respectively, aren’t in need of a quarterback. The result could be a bidding war to trade up to those picks ahead of the Miami Dolphins at No. 5, a team that has long been enamored by Tagovailoa.
Whether or not a trade up for Tua actually comes to fruition remains to be seen but the reasons why a deal would take shape are obvious. A team like the Lions could covet a player like Auburn’s Derrick Brown or Iowa’s A.J. Epenesa but they could also likely get those players if they moved down the board a little bit and acquire additional picks to help improve a lacking roster.
If the Lions are interested in trading the No. 3 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft for a team that’s interested in Tagovailoa, they are surely likely to have suitors. There is no shortage of teams that are in need of answers at quarterback, be it because of failed experiments, needing to move on from a veteran or perhaps being forced to move on from a longtime starter.
Taking all of that into account, these five teams should be interested in the notion of trading up in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft to make their move at Tua Tagovailoa.