If you've been around you know that Bill Polian gives excellent player analysis as he was a successful GM and team builder through the years.
Barry Jackson (Miami Herald) wrote:
“What worries you a little bit is that injury coupled with the high ankle sprain from the year before before that had to be surgically repaired. You worry is he a little bit injury prone? If I were drafting in the top five, it would keep me awake a little bit. But then I would watch the film and say, ‘I’m taking him.’”
Polian said: “Tua jumps off the film at you. He’s a quick-twitch athlete playing quarterback. That’s rare. That’s Russell Wilson territory. He’s built to some degree like Russell. A little on the short side and wide side. He’s got remarkable release, just incredible, ball is out of there and it’s spinning and it’s accurate and it’s got juice on it.
“He can throw it through a wall if he has to. He has got great touch, great accuracy. Has got tremendous quickness in his feet. When your feet and lower body are out of sync with your arm, you get inaccuracy and interceptions. Tua’s feet are like that of a tap dancer. His feet are incredibly quick. He can change direction quickly. He sees things exceptionally well and the ball comes out, ‘Whoosh.’ It’s out. Quickness of release, accuracy and processing are common to all great quarterbacks and he has all three.”
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And I actually want to share this with you all as other GMs are balking at drafting Tua or trading up for Burrow.
Dave Hyde (Sun Sentinel) wrote:
But three former NFL general managers once charged with measuring talent, running drafts, building rosters and weighing risks like Dolphins general manager Chris Grier listened to the heavyweight questions of this team’s draft outlook and suggested no sure way out.
Should the Dolphins draft Tua Tagovailoa with the fifth pick in the NFL draft? The three former GMs said they wouldn’t due to his fragile health — though one gave a qualifier.
Would you trade three first-round picks for Cincinnati’s No. 1 pick to land Joe Burrow? The same three said they wouldn’t — though, again, one provided a similar qualifier.
What’s the answer at quarterback for the Dolphins? No consensus, again.
“Those are kind of scary propositions — both of them,” one said of drafting Tagovailoa or trading for Burrow.
The health risk is the primary reason the two other former GMs have a stay-away sign attached to Tagovailoa at the fifth pick. It’s not just the surgically repaired hip he’s recovering from now. It’s the constant injuries throughout his career.
“Tua’s health/size scares me,” one texted. "I don’t see the Steve Young-like comparisons. I think he’s going to struggle to stay healthy.”