Tua Tagovailoa Ranked Dead Last in Intelligence Test Among 2020 NFL Draft QBs

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A new report indicates that University of Alabama prospect Tua Tagovailoa finished dead last in regards to his Wonderlic score among the quarterback prospects of the 2020 draft, something that may make the Miami Dolphins reconsider the idea of selecting him next week.


Tagovailoa is expected to be among the top picks in the 2020 draft, with some earlier reports indicating that the Dolphins have pondered the idea of trading up to get him.

While debate has raged for years about the validity of such tests for football players, the amount of information a quarterback needs to process on a weekly basis makes Tagovailoa’s dubious ranking an eye-opener.

Coupled with those test results are the injury concerns that have dogged Tagovailoa since his 2019 season with the Crimson Tide was ended by injury. That followed his previous health issues and make the likely steep investment in him something that might give the Dolphins pause.

Prior to those health concerns, Tagovailoa was seen as the likely top pick in this year’s draft. Instead, Joe Burrow of Louisiana State University supplanted Tagovailoa in that slot, while also winning the 2019 Heisman Trophy.

The Dolphins have the fifth overall pick in the draft, with the possibility existing that one of the teams selecting before them will choose Tagovailoa.

That scenario would remove the Dolphins’ cause for concern and make more likely the selection of either Justin Herbert of the University of Oregon or Jordan Love of Utah State University.

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Brad is a freelance writer for Dolphinnation.com and has been around long enough to remember the 1972 perfect season, and even when Don Shula was coaching the Colts. He still follows the Dolphins and other happenings in the NFL, so he can offer a little perspective when it comes to the ups and downs of each season. Some of his opinions may end up differing from the people who read them, but that's par for the course when it comes to life in South Florida.