2020 NFL Draft: Tua Tagovailoa Medical Services Are Not A Break For Dolphins In Combine


Tua Tagovailoa’s name has been associated with the Dolphins for months, with Miami making several moves last season that essentially positioned themselves to select the former Alabama quarterback in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Fifth-choice Dolphins prefer Tagovailoa to Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert, according to Greg Cote Miami herald. This does not guarantee, however, that they will choose Tua with the pick, as the health concerns surrounding Tagovailoa may convince the dolphins to take Herbert.

“The Dolphins prefer Tua,” Cote said on “The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz” on ESPN. “He’s the best quarterback. He has a significantly higher overall draft rating from Scouts Incorporated, which all teams are watching. Despite his lack of size, Tua is the guy, if you trust his durability and his health, is clearly the choice. In my opinion, he would be the No. 1 choice overall in front of (Joe) Burrow without this hip injury.

“I think the dolphins want with all their might to choose Tua Tagovailoa and should be discussed with extreme caution and perhaps undue caution. “

Wednesday, HeraldArmando Salguero reported that Dolphins medical staff gave Tua a passing grade after examining him “in depth” during the February combine harvester. Like Cote, Salguero reports that Tua is the favorite for being the Dolphins’ choice, according to several sources. Salguero added that, although the Dolphins have had serious discussions about not taking a quarterback with choice, they shouldn’t trade in the first or second overall pick.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Wednesday that Miami plans to acquire Lions’ third overall pick to select an attacking tackle. If the Dolphins avoid the quarterback position with their first choice, they may decide to move from # 18 to the position.

The possibility that Miami will take Herbert on Tua has accelerated in the past few days. In his mock-up of what teams “should” do, CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco sees the Dolphins take Herbert, who is considered the third best quarterback in the draft behind Burrow and Tua. Prisco a Tua fell from the top 10 and the Raiders with the 12th choice in total. Prisco said the Raiders, who already have Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota, could be patient with Tua, who is still only five months away from hip surgery. As for what it’s worth, Miami takes Tua in his first annual model project.

Tagovailoa, who was allowed to start training in March, said last month that he was “100% healthy” and could play if the 2020 regular season started today. At around the same time, Tua’s agent Chris Cabott of Steinberg Sports and Entertainment told Yahoo! Sports that doctors have allowed him without restriction. Tua, who has spent time training in Nashville with former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer, shared his progress on social media, posting training videos that included mobility exercises. He said he sent the NFL teams his medical history as well as recent videos of his training sessions.

“I have no control over the circumstances or the situation,” Tua recently told the NFL Network. “If I was in good health, if I was not, I would have no control. So the best thing I can do is keep working. Whichever team decides to choose me, I would be grateful. “

Henry Ruggs III, Tua Alabama’s teammate, who is also slated for the first round pick, did not hesitate to ask about Tagovailoa’s preparation before the draft. Ruggs told CBS Sports HQ on Tuesday that he believes Tagovailoa is healthy and ready to thrive to the next level.

“I have no doubts, no doubts about what he can do,” said Ruggs. “I know what he can do. I know he is up for the challenge. He is ready to take it to the next level. He is ready to compete with the best of them. He is ready to compete with the best. That’s for sure. “

While Tua says all the right things and the Dolphins prefer him to Herbert, will that be enough to convince them to take Tagovailoa with the fifth choice in total? This question remains unanswered, and it will be a question that will likely remain unanswered until Miami makes its choice on Thursday evening.


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