Tua Tagovailoa is saying aloha to Alabama and aloha to the NFL.

The Crimson Tide quarterback who had an untimely end to his college career is staring down a lengthy NFL stint, and it starts in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft on Thursday night.

There are few storylines more exciting than seeing where the lefty signal caller is going to land, and mock drafts have been very open about that fact; the countless, endless, limitless amount of mock drafts have been open about that fact.

That, in turn, means that the countless, endless, limitless amount of mock drafts have Tua going to all 32 teams (and even some CFL teams!). OK, maybe that's hyperbolic, but there are lots of potential landing spots according to educated guesses from all corners of NFL media.


So, where will Tua land? Here's what some of the industry insiders are saying about Tua's NFL future.

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5. Miami Dolphins

What first seemed like a slam-dunk, no-doubt-about it pick for Miami has since been turned on its head, with reports swirling that the Fish might be more inclined to take Oregon QB Justin Herbert over Tagovailoa. 

Though Herbert may be an option, some are still picking Tua to bring his talents to South Beach.

What they're saying:

Todd McShay, ESPN: "When he is healthy, he's special. In a best-case scenario, the Dolphins get their franchise quarterback without having to move up and then build out the rest of their roster with a boatload of picks."

RJ White, CBS Sports: "To me, (the Herbert rumors) seems like a play to avoid trading up to get their guy, and it could be successful this year in a way it might not be in any other, with most teams possibly hesitant to trade a lot of draft capital for one player after not getting to do a full work-up during a stay-at-home predraft process."

Josh Edwards, CBS Sports: "If teams are truly calling Washington to potentially move up, then there is interest in the quarterbacks. I still believe Tagovailoa is the better prospect."

Charles Davis, NFL.com: "There has been a lot of chatter that Oregon QB Justin Herbert will be the 'safe' pick for the Dolphins. Instead, they choose the bold route and welcome the 'Lefty Drew Brees' to Miami."

Walter Cherepinsky, WalterFootball.com: "I've said that I heard the Dolphins prefer Justin Herbert over Tua Tagovailoa, but that was information I gathered in early March. I've since heard differently."

Will Brinson, CBS Sports: "It is my belief the Dolphins are smokescreening right now to land Tua at No. 5. And you know what? It's been hilariously transparent but I think it's working!"

Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News: "Tagovailoa is an accurate, mobile, deep-ball throwing QB with the upside of Russell Wilson, only throwing with his left arm."

MORE: All the potential Tua scenarios for the 2020 NFL Draft

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6. Los Angeles Chargers

Tagovailoa could be a perfect fit out west, replacing the now-departed Philip Rivers to become the next great Chargers passer. Lots of mock drafts think that's a very likely scenario, too:

What they're saying:

Mel Kiper, ESPN: "With Herbert going to Miami in this scenario, Tagovailoa is there for the Chargers, and he'd create some much-needed buzz around a team that is competing with the Rams in a huge market."

Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com: "The Chargers have a talented roster and now they have a point guard to distribute the ball for the next decade-plus."

Peter Schraeger, NFL.com: "Tagovailoa to Los Angeles at No. 6 would be a good fit for all parties involved. Tyrod Taylor for a year; Tua from there. But this is a guess. I repeat — a guess.

Nate Davis, USA Today: "Hard to imagine a better destination than a Hollywood team seeking star power – and one that wants a mobile quarterback to guide a relatively balanced offense. The presence of veteran QB Tyrod Taylor would permit Tagovailoa any time he needs to mentally and, more important, physically settle in."

Josh Shrock, NBC Sports: "A guy who was projected to go No. 1 overall five months ago falls into the Bolts' lap. Take him and run."

Chad Reuter, NFL.com: "The Chargers get a steal here. Tua should lead this team to success for a long time — IF his injury history was more fluke than trend."

Albert Breer, Sports Illustrated: "The Chargers have a lot of brewing contract situations with established veterans, and too good a roster to count on being bad again, so having a high-end QB on a rookie deal would solve a lot of problems, and it’s worth the risk."

Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports: "The Chargers simply cannot pass on Tagovailoa here. And with Tyrod Taylor on the roster, there won't be a major need to rush Tagovailoa onto the field in 2020."

Michael Middlehurst-Scwhartz: "So long as the Chargers are comfortable with his medical outlook, Tagovailoa gives the franchise the rare opportunity to transition from one mainstay behind center to potentially another."

9. Jacksonville Jaguars

Considering Gardner Minshew's promising first year in Jacksonville, selecting a QB seems not to be a priority for Jacksonville. But that won't stop the mocks from getting to it when the Jaguars pick at No. 9.

What they're saying:

Bucky Brooks, NFL.com: "The Alabama standout is a significant upgrade over Gardner Minshew and gives the team a long-term option at QB1."

13. New England Patriots (trade)

At least one mock draft has the Patriots jumping up to select a falling Tagovailoa.

Peter King, NBC Sports: "Tough call for a franchise, but when would the Patriots ever get a shot at a potential superstar quarterback? Even if they had to throw in next year’s first-rounder, I think this would be a risk worth taking for the Patriots."