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As Tua Goes Pro, What It Means For The Cardinals At 8

Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa announced Monday morning he would be entering the draft and my first thought was how nice it was that the Cardinals won't be looking to potentially draft a QB this April. But Tagovailoa's decision doesn't necessarily mean it won't impact the Cardinals, especially picking No. 8.

Everyone is assuming the Bengals will take LSU's Joe Burrow first overall. That has basically been the idea since late in the season, and while there might be some mild smokescreening as we move toward the draft, that doesn't seem like it will change. But even with his hip injury, Tua still is expected to go at some point before No. 8, which simple math tells us that a player who wouldn't have been there at 8 now will be.

Of the teams other than the Bengals ahead of the Cards, the Lions at No. 3 (probably not but maybe), the Dolphins at No. 5, the Chargers at No. 6 and the Panthers at No. 7 all could be seeking long-term QB options. The Dolphins have been connected to Tua since last summer when everyone assumed a) Tua would be the top pick and b) the Dolphins would be 0-16. Neither happened, and yet they still could end up together. If the Dolphins decided to pass, who knows what the future holds for Philip Rivers and/or Cam Newton.

It doesn't necessarily mean the player who ends up dropping (and we'll never know exactly who that'll be) would be someone the Cardinals want or need. But it can't hurt the process.

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (13) is carted off the field after getting injured in the first half game against Mississippi State in 2019