Highly touted Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s draft stock is back on the rise.
Under a microscope for his medical issues at the NFL Combine, Tagovailoa received “overwhelmingly positive reports” on his dislocated hip from the teams who evaluated him, according to NFL Network. The report says that his MRI exams were clean and the fracture is healed, along with no loss of blood flow.
Tagovailoa suffered the seemingly catastrophic injury in a win over Mississippi State on Nov. 16.
On Tuesday, Tagovailoa said that he expected to receive the green light to return to action March 9 and plans to hold his own individual pro day for NFL scouts and coaches on April 9. Tagovailoa said he’d be “ready to go” for spring minicamps and OTAs for whichever team decides to draft him.
Tagovailoa, who has also undergone surgery on both his ankles and suffered a broken nose and a concussion in addition to hip surgery, endured two days of medical testing while in Indianapolis. However, he will not participate in drills there or at Alabama’s Pro Day.
The positive news regarding Tagovailoa’s health bodes well for the Redskins, Lions and Giants — the three teams that pick after the Bengals in the 2020 NFL Draft and don’t have a quarterback need. Their picks, after the Bengals presumably select LSU star Joe Burrow, now becomes potentially all that more valuable for quarterback-needy clubs looking to trade up in the draft.
So long as Tagovailoa continues to settle the minds of NFL teams that are contemplating whether he’s worth the injury risk, the Giants, with Daniel Jones as their quarterback of the future and the No. 4 pick, are in an advantageous spot.
“I’ll be participating in the combine, but my main goal is not to win the 40, not to win the bench press, but to win my medical,” Tagovailoa recently told NFL Network.
He appears to have accomplished that.