#13 Tua Tagovailoa
WT: 217 lbs
High School: St. Louis (Ewa Beach, HI)
Accolades: NFL Combine. 2019 Co-Polynesian Player of the Year. 2019 2nd Team All-SEC. 2018 Walter Camp Player of the Year, 2018 Maxwell Award Winner. 2018 2nd Team All-American, 2018 1st Team All-SEC, 2018 SEC Player of the Year.
Scouting Report: QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
Arm Talent: Tua Tagovailoa has immense arm talent from just about every aspect of his game that you look at. Has very good arm strength, shows good touch on passes that require such, and throws from different platforms and arm angles. From an arm talent standpoint, he has one of the best arms in this class. The only knock I can give him in this category is that when he played hurt (and he did, we have a lot of tapes), his arm strength wasn’t nearly as strong as the top arms in this class. 17/20.
Accuracy/Placement: Tua is very accurate with the football. Not only can he throw people open, but Tua can make tight-window throws. His placement is extraordinary. He’s definitely a pinpoint quarterback. Struggled to place the ball through injuries at times. 21/25.
Pocket Presence/Footwork: Tua’s pocket presence and awareness are through the roof. He owned the pocket and showed extraordinary ability to work through pressure and maintain his composure. His footwork is good and consistent. 18/20.
Mobility/Play Creation: Tagovailoa is a very mobile guy when healthy. He still is through injury, but it is slightly limited. His ability to create time outside of the pocket is extraordinary. He buys himself time and is more than an ample runner. Tua throws very well on the move and maintains his accuracy. 19/20.
Football IQ/Field Vision: Tua sees the field very well and doesn’t often miss receivers. He creates for his receivers at times too, with his extraordinary ability to move defenders with his movements and eyes. He understands the defenses that he plays against and can pick them apart. Tua does well with simple coverages but has shown the ability to be fooled by disguised coverages. He spent the entire 2019 offseason working on adjusting to those coverages. 11/15.
Leadership/Personality: Tua is an extraordinary leader and his personality is infectious. Not many people have been able to calm or temper Alabama head coach Nick Saban. Tua has and it’s incredible to watch. He grew up sleeping with a football. 5/5.
Overall: There aren’t many quarterbacks that come out of college as technically sound as Tua has. His father has coached him his entire life and it shows on tape when you see just how many of the nuances that he has already mastered. The arm talent is there, the intangibles are there, and he’s a brilliant play creator. The only real red flag is the injuries that have consistently marred his playing time. If Tua can overcome injuries, he’s going to be a star in the NFL. He’s a top ten prospect in my book.
Injury Rating: (-3)
Ceiling Rating: (4)
Overall Grade: 92