QB Tua Tagovailoa declaring for the NFL Draft should help Cardinals

Jan 6, 2020, 11:15 AM | Updated: 3:46 pm

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa announces his intentions to declare for the 2020 NFL football dr...

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa announces his intentions to declare for the 2020 NFL football draft, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

(AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa declared for the 2020 NFL Draft on Monday during a nationally-televised news conference, and his decision to leave Alabama after his junior season will be felt beyond Tuscaloosa — and wherever he ends up starting his pro career.

That includes Arizona.

The Cardinals, fresh off drafting their own franchise signal-caller in Kyler Murray, own the No. 8 overall pick in the draft. Tagovailoa’s decision to declare coming off a serious hip injury that ended his college career prematurely should help Arizona in one way or another.

Tagovailoa was widely-regarded as a potential No. 1 pick heading into his junior season, and that didn’t change during it. He completed 71.4% of his passes for 2,840 yards, 33 touchdowns and three interceptions in 2019.

A dislocated hip, which has received positive tests as he’s rehabbed, might push Tagovailoa down the draft order.

Tagovailoa and LSU quarterback and Heisman-winner Joe Burrow remain the top two quarterbacks in the draft class. Tagovailoa might not fall as far as the Cardinals’ first-round pick, but even if he doesn’t, it would lead one more player at a position of need to fall into Arizona’s lap.

Whether that’s offensive tackle (Andrew Thomas, Tristan Wirfs or Jedrick Wills), receiver (Jerry Jeudy or CeeDee Lamb) or another position, Tagovailoa’s declaration will impact the Cardinals.

The quarterback’s decision might even improve the trade value of Arizona’s No. 8 pick. The third quarterback on the board, Justin Herbert, has not done a lot to push his stock into solid top-20 territory. However, as they always say, all it takes is one team to overvalue him. If more than one team sees Herbert as a franchise quarterback, maybe the Cardinals can do something to trade down.

The Colts and Buccaneers at 13th and 14th in the current draft order are the two most obvious teams that might be inclined to draft a quarterback of the future. The Dolphins (5th, 18th), Raiders (12th, 19th) and Jaguars (9th, 20th) all have multiple first-round picks that could come into play in some way or another as well.

Maybe that’s not involving the Cardinals directly. But Tagovailoa’s entrance and injury concerns make for a more unpredictable 2020 draft.

Presented By
Western Governors University

Presented By
Western Governors University


Comment guidelines: No name-calling, personal attacks, profanity, or insults. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate comments by reporting abuse.
comments powered by Disqus

Arizona Cardinals

Micah Parsons sacks Daniel Jones...

Tyler Drake

Electric Cowboys defense presents toughest out yet for 2023 Cardinals

You don't have to look far to get an idea of just how dominant the Dallas Cowboys defense has been two games into the regular season.

8 hours ago

Leki Fotu (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports)...

Arizona Sports

Injury report: Cardinals’ Leki Fotu back at practice after missing Week 2

The banged up Arizona Cardinals are searching for their first win of the year when they host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

11 hours ago

Trevon Diggs #7 of the Dallas Cowboys warms up prior to a game against the New York Giants at MetLi...

Stephen Gugliociello

Cowboys CB Trevon Diggs suffered torn ACL ahead of Cardinals game

Reports coming out of Cowboys camp Thursday, standout cornerback Trevon Diggs suffered a torn ACL during practice on Thursday.

11 hours ago

Joshua Dobbs in Week 2...

Tyler Drake

New era notes: It’s all about trusting the process for Cardinals QB Joshua Dobbs

Arizona Cardinals starting quarterback Joshua Dobbs has had quite the NFL road to get to where he is today.

1 day ago

Jeff Smith #16 of the New York Jets caries the ball during the first quarter of a preseason game ag...

Kellan Olson

Arizona Cardinals sign WR Jeff Smith to practice squad

The Arizona Cardinals made an addition to the practice squad on Wednesday, signing wide receiver Jeff Smith.

2 days ago

Carlos Watkins...

Tyler Drake

Cardinals’ Carlos Watkins needs biceps surgery, L.J. Collier on the mend

Carlos Watkins is expected to miss time with a biceps injury that needs surgery, Cardinals head coach Jonathan Gannon confirmed Wednesday.

2 days ago

QB Tua Tagovailoa declaring for the NFL Draft should help Cardinals