When the college football season began last fall, Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was thought to be a frontrunner to be the first quarterback off the board and the No. 1 pick in the coming draft. But then the worst thing that can happen to a guy like him happened. He got hurt.
No one wants damaged goods, and Tagovailoa does have a rather extensive surgery history. But rumor has it that his recovery has gone well and that he has been cleared for full workouts. As long as those go well, he is still expected to come off the board pretty early.
However, with the ascension of Joe Burrow last season, he is not going to go No.1. But where is he going to go? If you think you know, then you may want to check out the odds Caesars has posted.
Odds On Who Will Draft Tua Tagovailoa:
- Dolphins, Lions -110
- Chargers +600
- Redskins +800
- Bengals +1000
- Panthers +1500
- Buccaneers, Raiders, Colts +2000
- Broncos +2500
- The Field +2500
- Jaguars +3000
- Patriots +5000
- Saints +6000
- Titans +7500
Much of the talk has centered around the Miami Dolphins, who have the No. 5 pick in the draft. But with little to talk about in recent weeks, the media and fans have begun to speculate on other possibilities.
The general belief is that the Bengals are going to take Joe Burrow with the first pick. While the Redskins are expected to take Chase Young with the second, there have been rumors that they may move on from Dwayne Haskins already and take Tagovailoa with the second pick.
This rumor hasn’t gotten much traction since Haskins was someone Redskins owner Dan Snyder wanted (meaning they are not moving on from him yet). But with Snyder, there is no telling.
Should the Lions keep the No. 3 pick, it would make sense for them to go with a quarterback. Matthew Stafford’s back injury should concern them, but it seems like he is expected to return and be just fine. So, in the interest of winning now, they are expected to get Stafford some help or trade down.
Now—who could trade up? With the departure of Philip Rivers, the Chargers need a new franchise quarterback. Jon Gruden has not been a fan of Derek Carr since taking over the Raiders. Using his draft capital to trade up for Tagovailoa would be a great way to start the Vegas Era.
The Giants have their new guy already, which then brings up the Dolphins with the No.5 pick. There has been no indication that the Dolphins are going to go with anyone other than Tagovailoa— assuming he is available.
So—how should you bet?
The smart money is on the Dolphins, although the Chargers and Raiders are interesting possibilities. Don’t count on the Raiders to make a move, but the Chargers might.
Should Tagovailoa slip past the Fins, there is no telling. Carolina could use him, but they seem content with an aging and often injured Cam Newton. Should he last until No. 12, the Raiders just might grab him, but if not, the Colts are certainly a good option.