Less than a month to go until the 2020 NFL Draft, and Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa could not receive more positive news on his hip injury
The future of Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa looked bleak in the month of November after being knocked out of the Mississippi State game with hip injury. Many thought the injury would have drastic, long-term effects on Tagovailoa’s body and his 2020 NFL Draft stock.
However with less than a month to go until the main event, Tua has gotten “overwhelmingly positive” results from his medical re-checks, and has satisfied physical obligations of all 32 teams. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo tag-teamed to bring this news to the forefront yesterday.
Even with the medical concerns still lingering, Tagovailoa figured to be a top-five pick based on his talent. Now after he is medically cleared, there may be a more concentrated effort on the part of the Miami Dolphins or the Los Angeles Chargers to get on the phone with Washington or the Detroit Lions to make a deal to move up in the draft to land him.
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Not only did Tagovailoa get great news on his medical re-checks, but he also sat down with NFL.com’s Steve Wyche in order to clear the air about his status. Let’s just say he is ready to roll:
"“I feel like if there was a game today, I’d be able to go out and perform the same way I was able to perform in previous years. I feel as mobile as possible. I feel 100 percent” (Tagovailoa via NFL.com)"
Last week Tagovailoa even posted a video of himself working on his lateral movement and pocket navigation in order to qualm more fears regarding his hip. Not only does Tua look fluid in the drill, but he looks, as he has said, 100 percent.
Should Tua’s bill of health not have been an issue, he still may have been in conversation for the top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, however with his injury and the rise to fame of LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, he now figures to be the second receiver off the board. With that being said, if he stays healthy his entire career, some team may be getting a steal even at the second or third pick in the draft.