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Pictured above, a pre-game still portrait of Tagovailoa when he played with Alabama Roll Tide.
Tua Tagovailoa has been in the news recently_not for his exemplary collegiate football performance, but for his health. Is he well? Will he advance his career on to the NFL? 24/7 Sports shed some light.
24/7 Sports quoted ESPN’s, Laura Rutledge. Rutledge stated that “The doctors who performed the surgery feel incredibly confident he will make a full recovery.”
“I think the key here is the surgical repair and proper rehab has allowed healing of the joint capsule and soft tissues around the joint_that makes the chances of having the injury again the same for someone who’s never had it. So it’s not something they believe will recur.” continued Rutledge.
Yet, the Spun cites a cryptic message from Tagovailoa regarding his future. Tagovailoa posted the cryptic message on his Twitter as he and his family come to a decision. It simply reads “decisions, decisions” with the thinking emoji.
Tua Tagovailoa may believe he is in the top 10-15 list for the 2020 draft into the NFL. If that’s the case, then his fans believe it would be foolish for him to pass the draft up.
He will have until January 20 to publicly announce his decision. This is the final deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NFL draft.
So, will he or won’t he? ESPN is confident his injury has been fully dealt with. So, his injury is likely not going to factor into his final decision.
The Sun-Sentinel has reported that several analysts believe the Miami Dolphins are going to go ahead with drafting Tua Tagovailoa despite his injuries. Citing the Sun-Sentinel, his injuries were quite extensive. His knee sprain, double ankle sprain, and quad contusion add to that laundry list. His hip has likewise needed to be surgically repaired.
Yet, this dynamo still appears to be too good to pass over. Even so, there is some anxiety from the field. Tua Tagovailoa appears to be accident-prone. The NFL would have higher, far more vicious competition. The talent would be comparative to him or would even exceed him. Some wonder how well he would fair.
Yet, even with the concern, ESPN’s Todd McShay and The Ringer’s Danny Kelly are the latest commentators to predict Tua will be set for a mock draft this week. This citing the Sun Sentinel’s post from yesterday. The Sun Sentinel’s post also stated that Tua was the fourth pick for the draft in ESPN’s computers when they stopped. That’s likely the reason he believes he’ll make at least the top 10-15. If he wants this, he can take it.
ESPN stated today that “on talent alone, Tagovailoa would be the top-ranked quarterback in this draft class, even above Burrow, according to Todd McShay. His 94.6 total QBR is the Number 1 rank in the nation. He also displays an elite overall accuracy, with special regards to his downfield accuracy. Again, the only true question now is his durability.