With the 2020 Draft quickly approaching, rumor has it that the Miami Dolphins could be prioritizing Oregon QB Justin Herbert amid Tua Tagavailoa’s health concerns. What could the LA Chargers Draft look like if that happens in this ideal scenario?
There is a lot of speculation that the Miami Dolphins have a big crush on Herbert, and you can’t blame them. He has checked all of the boxes so far in this bizarre offseason, crushing the combine and nailing his pro day. He is a known quantity, which is more than can be said about star Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa.
With Tua, there are the obvious question marks surrounding his health. With the numerous surgeries and with the inability of teams to get a hands-on look at him, it is reasonable to assume the Dolphins may actually pass on him in favor of Herbert. Let’s take a look at how things could pan out if this ends up being the case.
I preface this mock on the belief that the LA Chargers are going to make another move in free agency to acquire an additional tackle. I think they have hope that Trey Pipkins will continue to develop and possibly take over the starting left tackle position. A perfect fit in this situation would be long-time Eagle Jason Peters.
The simulator that I used for this mock is The Draft Network. I just went with their default Big Board options as well.
Round 1, Pick 6: QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
The moves so far this offseason point towards this selection, with GM Tom Telesco prioritizing the right side of the offensive line. Signing RT Bryan Bulaga and trading for former Panthers guard Trai Turner makes me wonder if they’re building up what would be a blindside for a left-handed quarterback. If he doesn’t slide to 6th overall, it could very well be because the Chargers trade up to acquire him.
All other moves aside, Tua makes perfect sense for what the Chargers are looking for in a quarterback. He is a proven winner and leader. His mobility and pocket presence fits exactly what Head Coach Anthony Lynn wants to do on offense. Tua’s accuracy is also elite, as he can put the football exactly where he needs to be on a very consistent basis.
The bottom line is this: If Tua Tagovailoa can stay healthy, he has the potential to be the franchise QB for the next decade-plus.