5. Trade-Up For Tua Tagovailoa, Quarterback, University of Alabama
The Los Angeles Chargers have a massive hole in the most important part of their offense. With Rivers leaving in free agency, they need to look to draft a replacement in the 2020 NFL Draft.
The Chargers are in a solid position to draft a young quarterback with massive upside this draft season since they hold the sixth overall pick in the NFL Draft. With that pick, they could either hold steady and draft a quarterback there, or they could package it with more picks and use it as the launching pad for moving up in the draft. With the newly acquired pick, they could land themselves Alabama star Tua Tagovailoa.
The Alabama quarterback is widely regarded as the second-best quarterback in the draft. Tagovailoa would fill the void currently facing the Chargers at the helm of their offense with a quarterback that has a strong arm, accurate ball placement, and good mobility at his disposal.
The biggest concern with Tagovailoa is his medical history. He has been oft-injured that has caused him hindrances when playing or made him miss games altogether. Tua’s injury history began in 2018 when he suffered three separate injuries, which included a broken finger, knee and quad injuries, and ankle surgery. In 2019 he had to have surgery on the other ankle and he had a serious hip injury as well.
Luckily for Tua, not too many people seem overly concerned with his injury history and he recently got a positive update on the progression of the healing in his hip. The report said that his hip was progressing as well as it could at this point and is still on track to resume football activities in about a month or so.
Tua was surrounded by a crazy talented cast of supporters at Alabama. He would have similar help in Los Angeles with tight end Hunter Henry, wide-outs Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, and running back Austin Ekeler.
Tagovailoa would likely be able to succeed in Los Angeles, but the question is does the LA front office believe that much in him that they would be willing to give up the necessary draft capital to outbid the Miami Dolphins in a bidding war for Tua?