Karsch and Anderson: What Tua Tagovailoa Declaring for the Draft Means for the Lions

Tagovailoa is expected to be re-evaluated in three-to-four months

Karsch and Anderson
January 07, 2020 - 1:36 pm

Doug and Gator chat about Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s decision to go pro and what it could mean for the Lions with their 3rd overall pick in April.

Many remember Tagovailoa as a second-half hero against Clemson in the 2017 National Championship as well as the 2018 Heisman Trophy runner-up. He was well on his way to being a prized prospect for the 2020 NFL Draft before suffering a hip injury that put his NFL future in doubt. Gator feels that the Lions could use his potential as a trade chip.

“I think you could find somebody that wants to trade, whether or not the offer is good enough for you to accept is debatable. I think the Lions can trade out of that pick and get two first round picks and really improve themselves.”

Even if the team keeps their pick, Doug isn’t too confident in the 21-year-old’s injury going forward and is comfortable with Matthew Stafford.

“I don’t trust his health, I think the Lions have a quarterback you can win with.”

The Lions were already in an intriguing position at No. 3 overall with Joe Burrow and Chase Young projected to be off the board ahead of their selection. Bob Quinn now has more to think about going into draft night.