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3 Teams That Could Trade Up for Tua Tagovailoa in the 2020 NFL Draft

Tristan Jung
Tua Tagovailoa prepares to receive a snap in a game against LSU.
Tua Tagovailoa prepares to receive a snap in a game against LSU. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
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Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa declared for the NFL Draft on Monday, officially foregoing his senior season.

Tagovailoa is widely seen as the No. 2 quarterback in the class behind LSU's Joe Burrow. Despite suffering a major hip injury during the 2019 season, Tagovailoa's draft stock is still high based on his body of work at Alabama.

Currently, Tagovailoa is slated by many experts to go to the Miami Dolphins, who are in need of a quarterback for the future. There's plenty of time for that to change, though, and there should be no shortage of QB-needy teams vying for Tagovailoa's services this April.

Here are three teams that could make a move on Draft Day to trade up for Tagovailoa.

1. Carolina Panthers

Christian McCaffrey carries the ball in a game against the Saints.
Christian McCaffrey carries the ball in a game against the Saints. / Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images

Sitting with the No. 7 pick, the 5-11 Carolina Panthers are seemingly undergoing a total reset. With the Panthers hiring former Baylor head coach Matt Rhule to replace Ron Rivera, the team's future is completely up in the air. And the quarterback situation is particularly unclear. Cam Newton missed almost the entire 2019 season due to a major foot injury and also battled with a shoulder ailment in 2018. Kyle Allen initially looked solid for the Panthers, but he was benched later in the season and does not inspire much confidence. Carolina could choose to start fresh by trading up for Tagovailoa and matching him with elite skill-position players like Christian McCaffrey and D.J. Moore. The Panthers would need to part with significant assets to trade up, but players with Tagovailoa's talent don't come around often.

2. Oakland Raiders

Jon Gruden argues with referees during a game against the Broncos.
Jon Gruden argues with referees during a game against the Broncos. / Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

Derek Carr is not a bad quarterback. In fact, he's pretty good. Statistically speaking, he had the best season of his career in 2019 in terms of passer rating, yards per attempt and completion percentage. However, he isn't an elite signal-caller by any stretch, and with the upcoming move to Las Vegas, the Raiders could be looking for a new face of their franchise. Tagovailoa would certainly fit the bill. And the Raiders do have war chest of assets, with six picks in the first four rounds of the 2020 Draft, making a potential trade very feasible.

3. Indianapolis Colts

Jacoby Brissett scrambles in a game against the Jaguars.
Jacoby Brissett scrambles in a game against the Jaguars. / Harry Aaron/Getty Images

Andrew Luck's shocking retirement derailed the Indianapolis Colts' entire 2019 season, but trading up to take Tua Tagovailoa could rectify their quarterbacking issues. Jacoby Brissett was solid, if a bit underwhelming, leading the Colts to a 19th-ranked offense in Football Outsiders' DVOA metric and the 25th-ranked passing attack. The Colts, currently slated to pick No. 13, might be in need of a long-term solution at quarterback but with Brissett under contract, they likely wouldn't need Tagovailoa to play right away. Bringing Tua along slowly would allow Indianapolis to further evaluate Brissett, and the Colts would likely have little issue keeping both on the roster for a bit, as Indianapolis currently has more cap space than any other team in the NFL.


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Tristan Jung is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Tristan Jung also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username tristan1117. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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