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Crucial element of Tua’s draft prep: erasing doubt

Crucial element of Tua’s draft prep: erasing doubt

Alabama to play football, returning to rehab and train — what might have been an interesting test case for future stars sitting out entire seasons before entering the draft — and the least-discussed (but most fascinating) option, staying for the time being and considering the supplemental draft held over the summer.’ data-reactid=”16″>Among the menu options Tagovailoa faced: entering the NFL draft, returning to Alabama to play football, returning to rehab and train — what might have been an interesting test case for future stars sitting out entire seasons before entering the draft — and the least-discussed (but most fascinating) option, staying for the time being and considering the supplemental draft held over the summer.

“I’ve had a difficult time making this decision about my future,” he said. “I’ve had the advice and council of my coaches and family. With lots of prayers, thoughts and guidance, I have decided I’m entering the NFL draft.”

Will Tua Tagovailoa work out before the NFL draft? (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Why Tua Tagovailoa went pro now

clouds his ultimate projection for NFL teams, and it’s the biggest worry, even if it’s not the only question about him as an NFL prospect.’ data-reactid=”48″>The hip most certainly clouds his ultimate projection for NFL teams, and it’s the biggest worry, even if it’s not the only question about him as an NFL prospect.

We’d have a Joe Burrow vs. Tagovailoa debate for QB1 honors had Tua stayed healthy.

Now? Don’t think so.

Miami Dolphins — picking fifth, 18th and somewhere below 24th overall (the Houston Texans’ pick they own) — have to be big favorites to take a chance on him.’ data-reactid=”54″>The Miami Dolphins — picking fifth, 18th and somewhere below 24th overall (the Houston Texans’ pick they own) — have to be big favorites to take a chance on him.

Miami Dolphins GM Chris Grier has all the ammo to draft Tua Tagovailoa — if he wants to. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

Other teams worth considering for his services: the Los Angeles Chargers, Oakland Raiders (who have two first-round picks) and Indianapolis Colts. And don’t rule out dark-horse teams such as the Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, depending on how they approach the offseason.

A less optimistic medical evaluation would change the matter entirely. Then you’re talking about whether Tagovailoa goes in Round 1.

We will get our first updates when Tagovailoa is inspected by an army of physicians and a battery of tests at the NFL scouting combine in late February. Then we’ll wait for Bama’s pro day (which is usually held in early March, about a week after the combine), or for a special workout set up for April if they want to play it safe before he performs for scouts. Believe us: They’ll come back for that one.

Tagovailoa also is likely to go to the combine re-check, usually held about two weeks before the draft. That’s earmarked for players with complicated medical situations (or combine red-flagged players) so NFL teams can get the latest information prior to setting final draft boards.

Is this the right call?

Who ultimately knows? But we think so.

Perhaps the funniest moment of Monday came when Tagovailoa was asked how many general managers he had met with to gather information about his draft status.

“Probably too … many,” he said. At first “too” sounded like “two.” The “many” provided the amusing context. Laughs were had.

A follow-up question hit on the sense of nerves that were in the air. Tagovailoa looked reserved and slightly apprehensive about how the next few months will play out. And you can hardly blame him.

“I don’t know how I feel right now,” Tagovailoa said, choosing his words slowly and carefully. “I’m content with the decision that I’ve made. It’s more so what’s next … that’s what I’m thinking about [now]: what’s next with this process.”

It will be four months of varying reports, breathless speculation, good news mixed with bad, possibly followed by relief in the end. It likely will be as mentally grueling as his rehab is physically demanding. And that alone should give NFL teams a sense of what Tagovailoa is made of, perhaps just as much as those crucial MRI reports will.



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