Pump the brakes on the Tua Tagovailoa hype? Dolphins reportedly not sold on former Alabama quarterback
Most have long assumed if the Miami Dolphins had the opportunity to take Tua Tagovailoa in the 2020 NFL Draft, the franchise would jump at that chance.
However, the latest report out of Miami suggests that narrative isn’t accurate.
With Tagovailoa continuing to progress from his mid-season hip injury that prematurely ended his college career, the former Alabama quarterback has seemingly raised his stock in many NFL circles in recent days. So much so, that the NFL Network’s Bucky Brooks lists Tagovailoa above Joe Burrow in his 2020 NFL Draft QB rankings.
Brooks’ NFL Network colleague Daniel Jeremiah may not agree with that ranking heading into the 2020 NFL Combine but he recently noted that several NFL teams do agree with Brooks’ rankings when it comes to ranking Tagovailoa over Burrow.
Taking all that into consideration, it’s reasonable to think the Dolphins would jump at the chance to draft Tagovailoa but that’s not what Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald is reporting heading into the 2020 NFL Combine. According to Salguero, the Dolphins are concerned not so much about Tua’s hip but of his lengthy injury history in college. With Tagovailoa’s status being called into question, Miami is reportedly gaining interest in former Oregon QB Justin Herbert:
Bottom line: Tagovailoa to the Dolphins is not a certainty. And don’t dismiss Herbert to Miami.
One source said the Dolphins are not just concerned about Tagovailoa’s return to full health from the fractured and dislocated hip he suffered last November, but also about his durability in the long-term beyond the current injury.
Salguero went on to note that Miami owner Stephen Ross has publicly issued concerns when it comes to Tagovailoa’s injury history. It should be noted that Ross claims he defers to Dolphins’ management when it comes to draft selections, so it’s unclear how much influence his opinion on Tagovailoa will really matter come draft day.
The upcoming combine will likely clear up the picture for teams considering selecting Tagovailoa in the 2020 NFL Draft but it goes without saying that the team that does select the former Alabama quarterback will be taking a chance regardless of how healthy the quarterback is entering the latest NFL selection process.