Tua Tagovailoa Declares for 2020 NFL Draft
At a press conference on Monday, Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa announced he will enter the 2020 NFL Draft, forgoing his final year of college.
The Heisman Trophy runnerup, Tagovailoa has been dealing with a hip injury sustained during a game against Mississippi State on 16 November 2019.
A dislocated right hip followed by surgery two days later put doubts in the mind of the 21-year-old who was worried he may drop from a first-round pick.
Speaking at the press conference, Tua Tagovailoa said: “My love for the University of Alabama, our coaches, our fans and my teammates has made this especially hard for me.
“I’ve had the advice and counsel of my parents, my family and coaches, going through analysis of the alternatives.
“Without further ado, with lots of prayers thoughts and guidance, I have decided that I will be declaring and entering the 2020 NFL Draft.”
Tagovailoa will now compete against first-round favourites Louisiana State’s Jow Burrow, Oregon’s Justin Herbet and Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts, who preceded Tagovailoa as starter before transferring.
The Miami Dolphins have expressed interest in the quarterback as well as the Cincinnati Bengals who hold the number one first-round pick.