And before you say, “So what? It’s Trent Dilfer,” read on.
Tua "is the finest prospect I’ve ever evaluated,” former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer said. “From horsepower standpoint, he has the rpms (revolutions per minute) that most don’t have. His intuitive feel [in the pocket] is much like [Patrick] Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers. Those guys have eyes in the back of their heads. They just create space and time for themselves.”
According to Dilfer, who spent a decade as an analyst for the NFL Network and ESPN, and the past 10 years coaching and mentoring quarterbacks in the Elite 11 program, a QB competition for high school quarterbacks across nation, Tagovailoa is “the best” prospect he’s ever worked with.
Over the past decade, the best quarterbacks to come out of the Elite 11 program have been Tampa Bay starter Jameis Winston, a Heisman Trophy and national championship winner at Florida State, New Orleans backup Teddy Bridgewater, a South Florida native who starred at Louisville, Rams starter Jared Goff, who played at the University of California before becoming the No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft, and Houston’s Deshaun Watson, who won a national championship at Clemson.
For the sake of perspective, it should be pointed out that there are more former Elite 11 quarterbacks who finish their careers as college backups than players who make it to the NFL. So Dilfer’s perspective isn’t flawless.
However, the 13-year NFL veteran is well respected in league circles, and his insight is often sought out by NFL teams this time of year.
So when teams start calling about this year’s crop of quarterbacks they’ll get a speech about Tagovailoa, who was the MVP of the 2016 Elite 11 quarterback class.
“His leadership qualities are second to none. He’s smart. He’s tough,” Dilfer continued. “He’s the finest prospect I’ve ever evaluated, and that’s 10 years of guys who are already in the NFL.”
But muh 32-year-old QB with broken back issues each of the past two seasons who’s never won a thing!
Sorry Trent. The Lions are duty-bound to take a good-but-not-elite, safe, high-floor Bob Quinn kinda guy.