I think that Tua was rated very highly due to production, efficiency, and winning. Here’s Lance Zerlien’s scouting report:I think these Tua takes are pretty fair.
A question, maybe more for the draftniks on the board.
You say that Tua isn't physically elite. And yet, he was projected as the consensus (?) #1 pick prior to his injury. Obviously guys like Peyton Manning and Joe Burrow weren't exactly physically elite either and they both went #1 and become great. But was Tua more athletic prior to his injury?
This is all kind of a long way of me asking whether he should have ever been considered the #1 pick, and if he was likely overdrafted / overrated coming out. These characterizations seem pretty similar to Mac, to be honest, who probably went where he "should" have at 15. Obviously if Miami could have a do-over they'd take Herbert, but ignoring that, should Tua really have been a top 5 or even a top 10 pick?
I think seeing his game now, people probably overrated his ability to read defenses. I also don’t think that we’ve seen Tua in an offense (before this year) that really highlights what he can do well. Whether by design or by choice, I think Tua is more athletic and mobile than he’s displayed.
If he has time, Tua can carve defenses up if his guys are getting open and he’s on time. If he has to start going through multiple reads or he has to start going off platform, the holes in his game start to show.
I think this offense is his best chance to succeed as a pro and may highlight some of his athleticism getting him outside the pocket and on the move more frequently.