NFL Mock Draft 2020: Tua Tagovailoa’s Stock After Injury

Tua Tagovailoa Injury

Getty Tua Tagovailoa could still end up being a first-round draft pick.

Tua Tagovailoa’s injury has placed the 2020 NFL draft at the forefront of fan’s minds with how the unfortunate news will impact boards moving forward. There is plenty of talent projected to be in the 2020 class which is good news for teams at the bottom of the NFL standings.

Tagovailoa’s family released a statement that makes it sound like the Alabama quarterback’s days in Tuscaloosa are done. Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller reported that Alabama had an insurance policy for Tagovailoa which will allow him to recoupe lost money if the injury causes him to fall in the draft. This means Tagovailoa is likely to begin his rehab and enter the draft even if the injury hurts his stock a bit.

The big question is how NFL teams will evaluate Tagovailoa after the dislocated hip. The Alabama quarterback has now had surgery on both ankles and his hip in the last year. It would be a surprise if Tagovailoa’s injury concerns do not at least drop him a little bit in the draft.

When he is on the field, Tagovailoa is as talented a quarterback as there is in this class. ESPN’s Todd McShay has Tagovailoa as the No. 13 ranked player on his big board and still believes the Alabama quarterback is a first-round pick.

There have been plenty of cases of quarterbacks coming off injury and still being a first-round pick (think Sam Bradford, among others), and NFL teams will certainly want to capitalize on the fifth-year option that comes with a Day 1 selection, but this is no standard injury. Teams will have to take these medical concerns — along with his prior durability concerns as a whole — into serious consideration.

That said, I’d still rank Tagovailoa as QB1 above Burrow if he were healthy today, and I still have him as a first-round pick.


The 2020 NFL Draft Is Projected to Have the Best Group of Wide Receivers We Have Seen in Years

Heading into the season, we knew the upcoming draft was loaded at wide receiver, but it has gotten even deeper with the emergence of additional players. Devonta Smith has moved himself into the conversation with fellow Alabama receivers Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs. LSU’s Justin Jefferson and Arizona State’s Brandon Aiyuk have also emerged as potential first-round picks.

Tee Higgins and Laviska Shenault have upheld their draft stock to also be part of this group. We have not even mentioned a solid running back class led by D’Andre Swift and Jonathan Taylor to make the 2020 NFL draft full of offensive talent.

Here is a look at my latest NFL mock draft, and the order is based on the standings heading into Week 12, per Tankathon.com.


NFL Mock Draft 2020: 1st Round

TEAM PICK
1. Bengals QB Joe Burrow, LSU
2. Redskins DE Chase Young, Ohio State
3. Giants WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
4. Dolphins LB Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
5. Jets DT Derrick Brown, Auburn
6. Buccaneers QB Justin Herbert, Oregon
7. Broncos CB Jeff Okudah, Ohio State
8. Falcons DT Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
9. Cardinals WR CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma
10. Lions T Andrew Thomas, Georgia
11. Chargers T Tristan Wirfs, Iowa
12. Jaguars S Grant Delpit, LSU
13. Browns DE A.J. Epenesa, Iowa
14. Raiders (via Bears) WR Henry Ruggs, Alabama
15. Eagles CB CJ Henderson, Florida
16. Dolphins (via Steelers) QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
17. Titans QB Jake Fromm, Georgia
18. Panthers QB Jacob Eason, Washington
19. Colts WR Tee Higgins, Clemson
20. Jaguars (via Rams) DE Curtis Weaver, Boise St.
21. Raiders OL Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin
22. Cowboys S Xavier McKinney, Alabama
23. Chiefs RB D’Andre Swift, Georgia
24. Vikings WR Justin Jefferson, LSU
25. Dolphins (via Texans) WR Devonta Smith, Alabama
26. Bills WR Laviska Shenault, Colorado
27. Packers DT Raekwon Davis, Alabama
28. Seahawks DE Julian Okwara, Notre Dame
29. Ravens RB Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
30. Saints CB Paulson Adebo, Stanford
31. Patriots TE Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri
32. 49ers LB Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma