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2020 Draft Profile: Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa has potential to be 'one of the NFL's most efficient passers'

Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa

2019 stats: 9 games, 2,840 passing yards, 33 touchdowns, three interceptions, 71.4 completion percentage

Height / Weight: 6'0" / 217 lbs

Accolades: College Football Playoff National Championship Offensive MVP (2017), Heisman Trophy runner-up (2018), SEC Champion (2018), Maxwell Award (2018), Walter Camp Award (2018), SEC Offensive Player of the Year (2018), First-Team All-SEC (2018), Consensus All-American (2018), CFP National Champion (2018), Orange Bowl Offensive MVP (2018), Second-Team All-SEC (2019)

2020 NFL Draft prospect rankings: Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 - #7

Giants current depth at QB: Daniel Jones, Colt McCoy, Alex Tanney's Daniel Jeremiah: Tua lacks ideal height for the position, but he has quick feet, eyes and release. He primarily operated in the 'gun at Alabama, but he did take some snaps under center. He is very crisp and urgent in his setup. He throws off a firm platform and he spins the ball really well. He always throws with the proper pace on slants and crossers. He doesn't have an overpowering arm, but he can still place balls in tight windows. He understands how to hold and manipulate safeties with his eyes. He makes good decisions in the RPO game. He is a nifty runner, but he prefers to buy time behind the line and remain in passing mode. He did struggle with identifying some underneath defenders when in the red zone. He is coming off a serious hip injury and that must be factored into his evaluation. Overall, Tua is the ultimate point guard. If he can remain healthy, he has the potential to be one of the NFL's most efficient passers.

View photos of Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa.’s Lance Zierlein: Talented dual-threat quarterback with winning background, explosive production and loads of experience in high-leverage games. He may be pigeon-holed into a spread or RPO-heavy attack, but he's actually a clean fit in a pro-style attack filled with play-action and roll-outs. He has the release, accuracy and touch needed to work all three levels successfully and can become a more disciplined, full-field reader to piece the puzzle together against NFL coverages. He needs better poise when pressured, but his escapability not only moves the chains, it creates chunk plays in the air and on the ground. Teams assessing his draft value will need to sift through mounting durability concerns and decide whether he is a "face of the franchise" talent without the abundance of talent surrounding him.

ESPN's Mel Kiper: Tagovailoa, who dislocated his right hip and suffered a posterior wall fracture in November, won't throw at the combine but now says he plans to throw for scouts at his pro day in early April. That's great news. But I'll stick to what I have said for the past few months: he's the biggest wild card of this class. Tagovailoa's injury history -- he has dealt with ankle and knee injuries over the past two seasons -- will complicate how teams evaluate him, and they're going to want to see his medical reports before committing to him. As a player, Tagovailoa is a top-five talent with elite accuracy and all the physical and mental tools teams look for in a starter. I don't think he is a lock to be the second quarterback off the board, however.

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