The Las Vegas Raiders have been rumored to be interested in quarterbacks this offseason. Rumors have been connecting them to veteran quarterbacks Philip Rivers and Tom Brady, while others think they could take a look at the 2020 NFL Draft for a future replacement for Derek Carr.
Currently, the Raiders hold the No. 12 overall pick in the NFL Draft. Most projections don’t have a quarterback falling to them outside of Jordan Love.
Fox Sports, on the other hand, made a bold prediction in their latest mock draft. They have the Raiders snagging Alabama standout quarterback Tua Tagovailoa at No. 12 overall. That selection would be a huge steal for Jon Gruden and company.
Sam Bradford. Josh Rosen. Carson Wentz. If you go back a decade, QBs who were injured in college more than once have historically gotten injured in the NFL. The talent is undeniably there; the injury concerns are real. But a coach with a 10-year contract has nothing to lose.
Speaking of Gruden, there is no denying his ability to work with quarterbacks. There are some concerns about Tagovailoa’s health following the hip injury that ended his 2019 season prematurely. The Raiders shouldn’t and likely wouldn’t be scared off by those concerns.
Prior to the injury, Tagovailoa was on pace with Joe Burrow to be in consideration for the No. 1 overall pick. That hype was real and his numbers backed it up. Now, he is slipping a bit in some mock drafts.
Before his injury in nine games, Tagovailoa completed 71.4 percent of his pass attempts for 2,840 yards, 33 touchdowns, and just three interceptions. He also scored two touchdowns on the ground.
Las Vegas would have their heir apparent to Carr with this selection. It could even give them the option of trading their current starter for more assets. Either way, if he is available, the Raiders should absolutely take him.
Expect to hear a lot more about Tagovailoa in the coming weeks. Las Vegas may not end up having a chance to draft him, but it sure is interesting to think about.