Tua Tagovailoa ‘Looked Great’ in NFL Combine Medical Examinations

Tim Kelly
February 26, 2020 - 9:16 am

Tua Tagovailoa won't run the 40-yard dash, do the bench press or throw at the 2020 NFL Combine. And yet, he may be the biggest winner of this week's event in Indianapolis.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the former Alabama quarterback got an excellent prognosis after being examined Tuesday:

Tagovailoa had season-ending surgery on his right hip in November after dislocating it in a win over Mississippi State. There was a time where such an injury may have ended Tagovailoa's NFL dreams, but there appears to be real hope that he will make a full recovery.

With that, teams will be forced to wrestle with how they feel Tagovailoa will handle the physical toll of an NFL season. In addition to the hip injury, the 21-year-old had both of his ankles surgically repaired during his three seasons at Alabama.

In terms of talent, there's no debating what the southpaw quarterback could be if healthy in the NFL. With the immense pressure that comes with playing at Alabama, Tagovailoa had a decorated college career, tossing 87 touchdowns to just 11 interceptions, while racking up over 7,400 passing yards. He led Alabama to a win in the 2018 National Championship Game. Tagovailoa has been compared to everyone from Drew Brees to Kyler Murray, which isn't bad company to be in.

With all due respect to Joe Burrow, if there weren't concerns about Tagovailoa's health, he may be the favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. As is, RADIO.COM Sports projects that the Miami Dolphins will trade up and select him with the No. 3 pick.

It remains unclear what Tagovailoa's availability will be for the 2020 season. News that teams came away with a positive feeling after an extensive chance to examine him physically is unquestionably positive news for his NFL future, though.

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