• Travis Tyler

NFL Draft Declarations Part 3: Tua’s Decision

The NFL Draft declarations for 2020 continue to pour in ahead of the January 20 underclassmen deadline. Here’s a BIG one: Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa.

Tua announced his decision on Monday afternoon. He has been considered a “generational” talent at the quarterback position, pretty much since he took over in the national championship game his freshman year. There has even been talk about a “Tank for Tua” movement in the NFL.

Many people were surprised he declared because of the serious injury he suffered earlier this season. Before the injury, Tua was the uncontested #1 pick, but now he is probably the #2 quarterback with a healthy injury report. You have to think he expects a healthy report, or he would be returning to school.

Tua’s decision also opens up the trade market in the draft. Joe Burrow is likely the number one pick, but after that is anyone’s guess. Many expect the Redskins to take Chase Young at #2, but they’ve invested heavily in a defensive front that finished 7th in the league in sacks. It is possible they look to trade that pick to a QB needy team. It is also possible the Detroit Lions make a trade at 3. It’s been rumored that they might take Tagovailoa themselves, but they really NEED more talent on defense. If all the medicals check out, Tua will be a top 10 pick at the very least.

Here are more of the underclassmen, who have declared since I published Part 2:

Ohio State: Chase Young, Jeff Okudah, JK Dobbins

Michigan: Donovan Peoples-Jones, Cesar Ruiz

Michigan State: Josiah Scott

Alabama: Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs, Xavier McKinney

Washington: Salvon Ahmed, Jacob Eason

UCLA: Devin Asiasi

Miami: Trajan Bandy, Jonathan Garvin, DeeJay Dallas,

Wisconsin: Tyler Biadasz, Jonathan Taylor, Quintez Cephus

Georgia: Jake Fromm

TCU: Ross Blacklock

Boise State: Ezra Cleveland, Curtis Weaver

Auburn: Nick Coe, Noah Igbinoghene

Appalachian St: Darrynton Evans

Mississippi St: Willie Gay

Notre Dame: Alohi Gilman, Cole Kmet, Tony Jones Jr

Utah: Javelin Guidry

Penn St: KJ Hamler

Temple: Harrison Hand

San Diego St: Keith Ismael

Syracuse: Trishton Jackson

Oklahoma: CeeDee Lamb. Kenneth Murray

Virginia Tech: Deshawn McClease

Hawaii: Cole McDonald

Fresno St: Netane Muti

Stanford: Colby Parkinson

Florida Atlantic: James Pierre

Florida St: Stanford Samuels III

Southern Miss: Quez Watkins

Minnesota: Antoine Winfield Jr

Texas A&M: Kendrick Rogers, Dabione Renfro


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