Karsch and Anderson: Peter King Makes Case for Lions Selecting Tua Tagovailoa

"The Lions, at minimum, should do very serious homework on the Alabama QB coming back from his hip injury."

Karsch and Anderson
January 20, 2020 - 1:40 pm

The Lions are scheduled to pick third overall in April’s NFL Draft, and Tua Tagovailoa is quickly becoming a favorite among fans to be selected at No. 3. Peter King of “Good Morning Football” and “Pro Football Talk” suggested the plausibility that the Lions move on from Matthew Stafford despite him being a decent quarterback.

"Sometimes, even when something’s not your fault, it might be time to wipe the slate clean. If the Lions draft Tua and keep Stafford this year, then cut Stafford in 2021, it’s a $19-million cap hit (when the cap will likely be well over $200 million the first year of the new CBA, assuming no work stoppage), per Over The Cap. The Lions, at minimum, should do very serious homework on the Alabama QB coming back from his hip injury. I’d be concerned with two high ankle sprains and the hip surgery in the span of 13 months. That’s something you’d better be sure of if you pick him. But if you get past that, how do you pass on him, even with a decent QB situation on your team?"

Doug responded with the reality of the win-now mandate brought from the organization.

“The Lions’ front office and coach have been given a mandate to compete for the playoffs. Drafting a player with the pick at 3, that most likely would redshirt, is wasting a resource that could help you win now.”