NFL Draft: Maryland’s Taulia Tagovailoa, following in the footsteps of brother Tua, aims to carve his own path


FRISCO, Texas — When it comes to the Tagovailoa family, ball is literally life. There’s Tua Tagovailoa, who after a decorated career at Alabama has developed into a Pro Bowl quarterback for the Miami Dolphins. And then there’s Tua’s younger brother, Taulia Tagovailoa. The 2024 NFL Draft prospect also lit up the collegiate ranks, finishing his career as the Big Ten’s all-time passing yards leader (11,256) after four years with Maryland.

Now, Taulia is looking to prove to the NFL 32 teams that he deserves a shot in league with his pro day workout on Friday. The biggest knock the younger Tagovailoa will have to overcome is the bias against a quarterback of his stature. He measured in at a shade over 5-foot-10 and weighed 200 points at the East-West Shrine Bowl in February. 

“I’m just really appreciative for guys like Russell Wilson, guys like Kyler Murray, and my brother, who are undersized quarterbacks but are very successful in the NFL,” Tagovailoa said. “I feel like I can do the same thing those guys do. Everyone has their own superpower at the same time. My brother’s is he’s a pocket passer and he’s very decisive with his throwing. He can anticipate throws into windows, and he just plays on time and uses his eyes. Kyler Murray, his superpower is his legs. Extending plays, and he can throw the ball. Same thing with Russell Wilson. 

“So I think for me, just selling myself to scouts that I can throw the ball, I can make every throw on the field. So my superpower is extending plays, running out the pocket and using plays on my feet. Just that competitive edge. If you watch my film, you can tell that I played with a chip on my shoulder and you can tell that I play with a lot of passion. I love the game of football and I really care about this stuff.”

He put together the best tape of any quarterback prospect in the East-West Shrine Bowl game, throwing for 142 yards on 9 of 14…

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Publish date : 2024-03-28 16:27:06

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