University of Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa's sensational career in Tuscaloosa has come to an end.
The 21-year-old announced his intention to declare for the 2020 NFL Draft on Monday in front of several reporters at the University of Alabama.
Entering the 2019 season, Tagovailoa was considered the heavy favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 draft. But the quarterback suffered a dislocated hip in November, clouding his future. Doctors expect Tagovailoa to make a full recovery, but he will likely not be able to showcase his skills during February's scouting combine and Alabama's pro day as he continues to rehab in Tuscaloosa.
Despite the injury, many expect Tagovailoa to still be an early first-round pick. Our latest mock draft has the Miami Dolphins selecting Tagovailoa at No. 5 overall. He's ranked the No. 3 prospect on NFL Draft expert Mel Kiper's big board as well.
The Redskins almost certainly won't draft Tagovailoa at No. 2 overall, as they've committed to Dwayne Haskins at the QB of the future. But Washington has a valuable asset with the No. 2 overall pick, and the QB's decision to enter the draft still impacts Washington.
Tagovailoa is considered one of the best quarterbacks in college football history. In just 32 games (24 starts), Tagovailoa threw for 7,442 yards, 87 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions. He came off the bench and willed Alabama to the 2018 national championship, replacing Jalen Hurts and leading a second-half comeback against Georgia. In his two seasons as a starter, Tagovailoa finished 22-2.
Durability is a concern for whichever team selects Tagovailoa, but the talent level is unquestioned.
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