Full recovery is beginning, not end, of Tua Tagovailoa questions

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Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is expected to make a full recovery, six days after hip surgery. But a full recovery is simply the beginning of the questions that will continue to swirl.

Stories supporting the notion that Tagovailoa will be fine are emerging, with predictable assurances and guarantees that, for example, Tagovailoa is more likely to be mauled by a bear than to suffer from avascular necrosis, the Bo Jackson condition that ended a potential two-sport Hall of Fame career with a hip replacement. (People who actually have been mauled by a bear also were more likely to suffer from avascular necrosis.)

But that won’t stop NFL teams from poking and prodding and digging. They’ll need to first be sure that he’s indeed fine. Even if he is, several General Managers recently expressed to PFT concerns about Tagovailoa’s long-term durability, given that he has now suffered three lower-body injuries at the college level. So even if this one will heal, it’s the next one (and the next one) that teams need to be thinking about, especially since he’s an athletic quarterback who will be swapping college-level hits for NFL-level hits.

One G.M. suggested that Tagovailoa could still be one of the first names called in April, even if he needs a season to fully recover from the hip injury. He’d simply get the redshirt season that used to be the norm for first-round quarterbacks, but that has more recently become the exception (e.g., Patrick Mahomes).

Another G.M. suggested that Tagovailoa may simply stay at Alabama for another year, using 2020 as the opportunity to prove to everyone that he’s fine — even if he risks other injuries in the process.

Whatever he does, he’ll need to make a decision fairly soon. If he’s going to leave Alabama for the draft, the deadline comes in the middle of January. And Tagovailoa may not have the cleanest, clearest picture as to his status and prognosis when the time comes to head to the next level or stay put.

21 responses to “Full recovery is beginning, not end, of Tua Tagovailoa questions

  1. I would not draft him in the first round of the next draft. Just too risky IMHO. Maybe take a chance in round 3. Never in the first round. He should probably stay in college another year.

  2. Too many questions and red flags for this kid. Bad year to need a QB since Herbert looked a mess against Zona State last night.

  3. Nick Sabin does what Nick Sabin does he bleeds every drop out of those kids. When some get to the NFL they are spent. With that said some team will take him and red shirt him.

  4. It’d probably be better if he did drop into the 11- 20 slots as those teams have better pieces in place, but no way this kid drops out of the first 10 picks let alone the first round inspite of these two freak injuries.
    He can make every throw on the field.

  5. The three candidates for MVP are Russell Wilson, Dak Prescott, and Lamar Jackson. One guy was the last player drafted in the first round, the other two were mid round picks. That guy with six Super Bowl rings was a 6th round pick. The MVP from last year was a mid first round pick. The QB if the 9-1 NFC team was a second round pick. The SB winning QB for the Packers was drafted toward the bottom of the first round. This is not a comment about Tua specifically, just making the point that most QB’s drafted early don’t achieve the success that teams envision

  6. Tua reminds me of Mariota. Great player with all that great talent around him. I’d pass on him, or maybe take a flyer in the 7th round.

  7. Wow, even after multiple injuries people still think a 5th round talent who is proven injury prone is going in round 1, or even the top 10. It isn’t going to happen.

  8. pftcensorsrliberalpukes says:
    November 24, 2019 at 11:23 am reminds me of Mariota. Great player with all that great talent around him. I’d pass on him, or maybe take a flyer in the 7th round.

    Mariota is nothing compared to this guy, your just looking for an easy analogy since he is a pacific islander, seems very lazy to me. Also I doubt you’ve watched much film on him because his ability to scan the field is a special trait.. you look at Herbert or Burrow for example they are very much one read and go QB’s

    If he is available when the fins pick at most likely the 4 spot he needs to be drafted there and it will be a bargin because i see him being something special at the NFL. Also saying he has to get ready for NFL hits is stupid, We all know QB hits in the NFL are about 80 percent less impactful then in college

  9. “He may slip but he wont go undrafted.”

    You’d have to be nuts to use a high pick on him now. He certainly should not go 1st overall, and likely should not longer be a first round pick.

  10. How ever much he recovers he will NEVER be the same player period. I am sure he will get a chance but with a hip injury I just don’t see a good outcome.

  11. harrisonhits2 says:
    November 24, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    You’d have to be nuts to use a high pick on him now. He certainly should not go 1st overall, and likely should not longer be a first round pick.
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    It depends what teams think of him, I think he might go late in the first for that extra option year on his rookie contract, and iust remember Christian Ponder went 12th.

  12. He has ‘out of this world’ talent.
    His quick reads , his quick release , his accuracy , his touch on the ball(deep throws)and we are not even talking about is mobility both in and out of the pocket or his fearlessness in decision making.
    He’s the real deal.

  13. As a Bama fan, as much as I’ll miss watching him play for us I don’t know if I could take the anxiety if he came back. I want to see how good he can be in the league and was heartbroken when I thought his career was in jeopardy.

  14. Staying another year would just increase his likelihood of going to a terrible team high in the draft.

    His best bet may be to enter the draft and hope for a Lamar Jackson-like fall to a good team. The smoking ruins of Haskins, Rosen, and possibly Darnold would be good to consider. There are some dreadful teams with dreadful leadership right now.

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