Former GM shares insight into questions NFL teams will have before drafting Tua Tagovailoa
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has begun his recovery process. He underwent surgery Monday to repair his hip, which he injured against Mississippi State on Saturday.
Initially following the injury, there was a lot of fear that Tagovailoa would never be the same, and that he would drop out of the first round in the 2020 NFL Draft, assuming he leaves Alabama to declare for the draft. In early mock drafts, Tagovailoa had been battling LSU quarterback Joe Burrow and Ohio State defensive end Chase Young for the No. 1 spot in the draft.
But former NFL general manager Scott Pioli said it would be a major mistake to drop Tagovailoa from the first round simply because of his gruesome hip injury.
“What’s interesting about this whole thing is we keep hearing about the Bo Jackson injury,” Pioli said while making an appearance on CBS Sports Network. “Medical science has come a long, long way. We see how quickly players come back from high-ankle sprains, to ACLs, to shoulders to some really traumatic injuries. This is decades later since the Bo Jackson injury.
“Science and medicine has come so much further that recovery has become so much better. Don’t get fooled by the Bo Jackson thing thinking that what happened to Bo Jackson is going to happen 30 years later.”
Pioli also said that a good executive would never make a decision on an injured player like Tagovailoa without consulting multiple medical experts first.
Interestingly, he added that gathering information on his injury now doesn’t make sense either. Pioli said that he would give Tagovailoa time to heal and be patient before then evaluating him closer to the draft.
Watch all of what Pioli said about how an NFL general manager would look at Tagovailoa below:
— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) November 19, 2019