According to Bob McGinn from The Athletic, there are three NFL clubs who have reportedly taken quarterback Tua Tagovailoa completely off of their draft boards prior to next week’s NFL Draft.
Per McGinn, personnel member from an AFC team told him that regardless of Tua being “a great college player,” there are still “three, four or five red flags staring us all in the face.”
I’m not terribly surprised to hear news like this, especially as we get closer to the draft. Last year, offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor coming out of Florida was a consensus first-round pick for analysts and many expected him to go in or near the top-10. He wound-up falling to the Jaguars at the top of the second round. Same thing happened with Oklahoma tackle Cody Ford.
A list of noteworthy QBs who had unimpressive Wonderlic scores:— Brad Evans (@NoisyHuevos) April 18, 2020
Dan Marino (16)
Donovan McNabb (14)
Lamar Jackson (13)
Jeff George (10)
I'm not worried about Tua Tagovailoa's 13 and you shouldn't be either.
While Tua plays a much more important position, there’s likely zero chance he falls that far but expecting him to drop a handful of spots isn’t completely out of the realm of possibility.
For the Chargers, that may lead to the opportunity to draft him without having to give up any additional picks to move up to do it.
Now to the rest of the links.
Lindsey Thiry discusses the takeaways from GM Tom Telesco’s conference call on Friday (ESPN)
The audio for Tom Telesco’s conference call on Friday (Chargers.com)
Faustino Felix reports the Wonderlic test scores for the top quarterbacks in the draft (Bolt Beat)
Alexander Insdorf grades all the potential options for the Chargers in the first round (Bolt Beat)
Daniel Popper gives you his six takeaways from Tom Telesco’s recent conference call (The Athletic)
Rich Hammond lays out how SoFi Stadium may have to open without fans in 2020 (The Athletic)
Jeff Legwold released his top-100 prospects in this year’s NFL Draft (ESPN)
Mark Schofield lists the best 11 linebackers in the 2020 NFL Draft (The Touchdown Wire)
Adam Wells reports that three teams have completely taken Tua Tagovailoa off their draft boards (Bleacher Report)