Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa dislocated his hip on Saturday thus ending his 2019 season and likely causing him to fall in the draft. If the New York Giants can, should they draft Tagovailoa?
Last season the New York Giants drafted Daniel Jones, quarterback out of Duke, with the sixth overall draft pick. This season, the G-Men look to be around the same spot, they might have the chance to draft a player everyone thought would be the number one pick when the season started.
That player is of course, Tua Tagovailoa. Tagovailoa has played in a total of eight whole games (he has played in nine games but got injured before halftime in two of them.) In those eight* games, Tagovailoa has thrown for a total of 2,840 yards, 33 touchdowns and only three interceptions, with a completion percentage of 71.4%.
Those are some really good numbers and they’re even better when you consider the fact that he threw for 3,966 yards, 43 touchdowns, six interceptions and a completion percentage of 69% last season, earning him second place in Heisman voting.
So the question is, if you have the chance to draft a player like Tagovailoa who was written off as the number one pick by everyone before the season, how could you pass on him?
That’s where it gets difficult, could the Giants do what the Cardinals did last season and trade a quarterback they drafted the year before, in order to draft a quarterback they believed to be better and so far, it looks as if they were right.
I think under any other circumstances, this might be the right move for the Giants, but the problem is, Tagovailoa’s injury might be more serious than we know and because of it, there is a chance he could miss the entire 2020 season.
Is it worth it to take a guy coming off a very serious injury with your top-10 (maybe top-five) pick potential, have him sit a year and then take over for a quarterback who you drafted the year prior?
Personally, I don’t have the answer to this question, I think once Daniel Jones improves a bit and learns how to take care of the ball without fumbling it, he could be a very good quarterback.
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However, I also think that Tua Tagovailoa is a generational talent. If he returns and is the same player he has been, he would be a player that the New York Giants can’t pass on.
So here is my solution, keep a close eye on Tagovailoa’s injury and his recovery from this injury, decide where you think he would fall to (right now it looks like late first round, early second round) and trade up to get him while keeping your current first round pick.
At this point, it looks like the Giants will be taking another player from Alabama, Jerry Jeudy, with their first round pick. Jeudy is a wide receiver who many are regarding as the next great NFL receiver. If the G-Men have the chance to pair him up with his college quarterback, I think that would be very tough to pass up.
I think this is something that might gain some traction in the next couple weeks and although I don’t want to give up on Daniel Jones, I think Tua Tagovailoa has the chance to be better than Jones. If the New York Giants could get him without giving up too much, he would likely be worth it.