LA Chargers starting quarterback option: 1. Tua Tagovailoa
Tua Tagovailoa is the guy to go after this offseason and if the LA Chargers can somehow snag him in the draft, whether it be by trading up for him or him somehow falling to the sixth overall pick, then it would be a massive win for the franchise.
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There are concerns about Tua’s health and those opposed to the Chargers drafting him cite his health as the main reason why. Because of his hip surgery and various other bumps and bruises, Tua has unfairly been labeled as injury-prone.
In reality, that hip surgery is the only real big injury he has had and all signs are pointing to him being ready to go for his rookie season. He played all 15 games for Alabama in his sophomore season and he missed just one game prior to the hip injury in his junior season.
I understand the concern but I genuinely do not think he is an injury-prone quarterback. He took bumps and bruises along the way, sure, but that does not increase the likelihood of him getting hurt over any other quarterback. It is not like he plays recklessly.
Tua has all the makings of being a franchise quarterback. It can use both his arm and his legs, has great accuracy in all levels across the field and uses his eyes better than any other quarterback in the draft to shake off safeties.
He can read defenses better than any other prospect in the draft and has the most winning experience, which is helpful. He is a legitimate leader amongst men and has the skills to go along with his infectious, winning personality.
Out of the top-eight quarterback prospects in this year’s draft, Tua had the lowest interceptable pass percentage (1.3%). His actual interception rate last season was 1.19%.
Charger fans want a quarterback that can take care of the ball, hence the love with Taylor. Tua is just as good in that regard. He would most likely be, at the very least, as good as Taylor in year one and would be the face of the franchise moving forward.