Colin Cowherd: “Was Tua always a little ‘overvalued’ in your opinion?”
Pete Cossell: “I think Tua presents as a good athlete, not a great athlete, who is an efficient executor of a well-schemed passing game. If Tua is to reach his NFL ceiling, I think stylistically he’d have to play like Drew Brees, and be an efficient and precise pocket-passer playing with high-level timing and ball placement. He’s not a great athlete and he’s not Russell Wilson. He struggled to get away from college defenders when he moved, so he’s certainly going to struggle getting away from NFL defenders. I don’t think Tua is the same level as prospect as Burrow is. There is one thing with Tua that I’m a little bit concerned about... He showed a tendency to climb the pocket when it was not necessary, and he would move into the bigger bodies at 6’0” tall. that’s going to have to be cleaned up.” (Full Audio at Bottom of Page)
Listen to Greg Cosell of NFL Films join The Herd to discuss his rather lukewarm breakdown of Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who seems to be firmly entrenched as a top 5 draft pick and the likely second quarterback taken off the board.
Despite Colin Cowherd calling Tua the most talented quarterback in the draft with a much higher ceiling than LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, Cosell thinks Tua’s athleticism and his comparisons to Russell Wilson are being overstated, saying Tua is ‘not a great athlete’ and had escapability problems in college.
Check out the full audio below as Cosell explains why Tua’s short stature is going to be a problem for him in the pros when you combine it with the way he moves in the pocket. Cosell also added that he’s ‘not on the same level’ as Burrow is as a prospect.