Of all of the scrutinized gamers heading into the 2020 NFL Draft, none has been extra prevalent — or enduring — than Tua Tagovailoa.
The Alabama quarterback, as soon as thought of a lock for the No. 1 total decide, now faces intense inspection from media and NFL groups alike on whether or not he’s value a excessive decide, contemplating his well-documented harm historical past. Essentially the most notable of these is the one which prematurely ended his school profession — a mixed dislocated hip and posterior wall fracture — however he additionally suffered an injured hand (2018) and high-ankle sprains (2018 and ‘19).
That’s removed from the one means Tagovailoa’s draftability has been dissected, nonetheless. He has additionally confronted criticism on all the pieces from crew interviews to his Wonderlic rating as to if he succeeded merely due to an all-world solid of receivers.
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Are all these issues reliable, or are groups simply attempting to place a smokescreen round him to scare off potential rivals? Due to all these storylines, Tagovailoa has been projected wherever from a top-five decide (barring the Bengals and Lions at Nos. 1 and three, respectively), to falling to the center of the primary spherical.
There are a number of shifting elements to maintain monitor of in regard to Tagovailoa, which is why we at Sporting Information are holding monitor of the newest rumors relating to his harm, touchdown locations and extra:
Tua Tagovailoa rumors: Damage information, commerce tracker forward of 2020 draft
April 19: Tagovailoa’s Wonderlic rating is reported as a 19 — lowest amongst NFL Mix quarterbacks and one level decrease than the common rating for the place.
April 18: Draft professional Mel Kiper Jr., in an interview with Boston sports activities radio station WEEI, says Patriots may very well be aggressive in pursuing Tagovailoa if he falls within the draft:
“This man has had vital accidents, so to me, if he begins slipping somewhat bit, sliding down, the place it occurred with Aaron Rodgers not that way back, and he was projected to be No. 1 two weeks earlier than that draft and he went within the 20s, sure, if it did occur, I’d assume New England could be aggressive to try to go up and get him.”
April 18: Per Bob McGinn of The Athletic, three NFL groups have taken Tagovailoa utterly off their draft boards resulting from issues about his potential to remain wholesome. Per one nameless AFC scout: “He’s a terrific school participant however, wow, he’s fragile. He’s a brilliant child and I don’t want unwell will, however there’s three, 4 or 5 pink flags staring us all within the face saying, ‘ what? This man’s not going to be all that he’s cracked as much as be.’”
April 16: Former NFL govt Michael Lombardi, on his podcast “GM Shuffle,” defends an earlier put up saying Tagovailoa has beforehand undisclosed accidents. He additionally rejects the notion he’s making a smokescreen for pal Invoice Belichick, saying Tagovailoa probably failed the group’s grading system for quarterbacks.
“I do know that based mostly on the Patriots’ grading system a 6-foot quarterback must be actually, actually elite over a protracted time period for them to draft him,” Lombardi mentioned on his podcast.
April 15: A supply tells the Miami Herald that “no crew has achieved extra work on Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert over the previous two years than the Dolphins.” Per the Herald, Miami additionally had a video convention with the Oregon quarterback as properly, lending credence to the rumor they favor him over Tagovailoa with the fifth total decide.
April 13: Former Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart, the No. 10 decide within the 2006 NFL Draft, mentioned he would draft Tagovailoa regardless of his harm historical past.
“Yeah, I’d (draft Tagovailoa),” Leinart mentioned. “I do not assume it is a gamble in any respect. And I perceive the harm concern. Look, all of us performed the game of soccer. Accidents are going to occur. And I’d simply say this — we now have to belief the docs and medical employees, and it seems that he is clearing the entire medical hurdles thus far this offseason.”
April 13: Redskins security Landon Collins, who performed the identical place at Alabama, informed ESPN’s “First Take” he would like Washington to stay with final yr’s No. 15 total decide, Dwayne Haskins, at quarterback. The Redskins have the No. 2 total decide within the 2020 draft.
“I like Tua and I like Alabama,” Collins mentioned (through 247Sports activities). “We drafted a primary spherical quarterback final yr. I feel Tua could be a terrific asset to our crew however we have already got one. I feel we must always maintain the man we now have now.
April 13: Ryan Leaf — the No. 2 decide within the 1998 NFL Draft — says Tagovailoa is just not a top-five quarterback prospect, saying he does not assume he “has the flexibility to transition to the following stage and be as profitable as let’s say a Joe Burrow or a Justin Herbert.”
April 10: Sporting Information’ Vinnie Iyer initiatives the Dolphins to draft Tagovailoa with the fifth total decide, calling him “an correct, cell, deep-ball throwing QB with the upside of Russell Wilson.”
April 10: B/R’s Miller experiences that the Dolphins’ scouting division prefers Oregon’s Justin Herbert to Tagovailoa with the No. 5 total decide.
April 8: Lombardi, on his podcast “GM Shuffle,” says two NFL groups flunked Tagovailoa on his physicals. Lombardi added that Tagovailoa suffered beforehand unknown or undisclosed accidents relating to Tagovailoa’s wrist:
“It’s not simply his hip,” Lombardi mentioned. “It’s his ankle. It’s his wrist. He broke his wrist the primary day of spring ball one yr. After which they mounted it. He got here again and broke it once more. He’s brittle. He’s brittle. You possibly can’t deny it.”
(Tagovailoa suffered what Alabama called a thumb injury on his throwing hand on the primary day of spring follow previous to the 2018 season, although it is unsure whether or not Lombardi is referring to that harm or one thing else).
April 3: Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller experiences that Tagovailoa’s draft inventory took a success amongst a number of NFL groups resulting from “an all-world solid that saved him when performs broke down.” Miller experiences one other scout mentioned Tagovailoa had poor board work and conferences throughout the NFL Mix conferences.
April 3: Former Jets and Payments coach Rex Ryan calls Tagovailoa the “largest gamble in NFL Draft historical past,” whereas alleging sources informed him he truly obtained 5 operations in school versus the beforehand reported three:
“I feel that is the largest gamble within the historical past of the NFL Draft. … Everyone is aware of in regards to the three operations he is had. Actually? Properly I’ve heard he is had 5 operations.”
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— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) April 3, 2020
April 3: Nick Wright of “First Issues First” suggests the Patriots commerce “Julian bleeping Edelman” as a part of a package deal to the Lions to pick Tagovailoa with No. Three total decide. Edelman — in a since-deleted tweet — responds with, “Good hairline bro.”
March 27: A former NFL common supervisor tells the Solar Sentinel he wouldn’t take Tagovailoa with the fifth decide: “No means, now how.”
March 3: A “extremely trusted” NFL supply tells ESPN’s Matthew Berry there’s “no likelihood” Lions choose Tagovailoa with No. Three total decide.
Feb. 26: Tagovailoa reportedly receives “overwhelmingly constructive experiences” on dislocated hip from groups on the 2020 NFL Mix, including that “MRIs had been as clear as hoped, fracture is healed, there is no such thing as a lack of blood circulation.”