Bob McGinn of The Athletic would later state that “some teams are more concerned than others” about the test result.
“We interviewed him. He’s smart enough, but he’s an RPO guy,” an NFL scout told McGinn, referring to a run-pass option. “[Alabama offensive coordinator Steve] Sarkisian tried to do pro stuff, and [Tagovailoa] couldn’t handle it mentally because all he’d ever done was RPO stuff. So they went back to RPO.”
“A person who scores an average of 10 and above is considered literate and, therefore, seen by most employers as suitable for less demanding professions.”
Another scout suggested the 22-year-old Hawaii native already peaked back in college.
“[He] came to Bama so advanced for an 18-year-old kid as far as seeing things and anticipating,” he told The Athletic. “But, like so many kids, that’s it. Despite the fact that his stats are phenomenal, he was in the candy store of life. I think his best days are behind him.”
Tua threw for 7,442 yards with 87 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 32 appearances for Bama. He also added 340 rushing yards and nine scores on the ground.
For all of his excellence on the field, Tua has suffered a high ankle sprain each of the last two years, and his final season ended because of hip and nose injuries as well as a concussion.
Where he might go in the draft continues to be up in the air.
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