Tua Tagovailoa’s draft stock is back on the rise.
Under a microscope for his medical issues at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, the highly touted Alabama quarterback received “overwhelmingly positive reports” on his dislocated hip from the teams who evaluated him, according to NFL Network. The report said MRI exams on Tagovailoa’s hip were clean, revealing the fracture has healed and no loss of blood flow.
He suffered the seemingly catastrophic injury in a win over Mississippi State on Nov. 16.
Tagovailoa said Tuesday he expected to receive the green light to return to action March 9 and he plans to hold his own individual pro day for NFL scouts and coaches on April 9. Tagovailoa said he would be “ready to go” for spring minicamp and organized team activities for whichever team decides to draft him.
Tagovailoa, who also has had surgery on both his ankles and suffered a broken nose and a concussion in addition to undergoing hip surgery, endured two days of medical testing while in Indianapolis. He will not, however, participate in drills at the combine or at Alabama’s Pro Day.
The positive news seemingly bodes well for the Redskins, Lions and Giants — the three teams that pick after the Bengals presumably make LSU star Joe Burrow the No. 1 selection in the draft. None of those teams has an obvious quarterback need and with Tagovailoa healthy, the Nos. 2-4 picks would be more valuable for quarterback-needy clubs looking to trade up in the draft.
The Redskins, however, might not feel set at quarterback with Dwayne Haskins, last year’s 15th-overall pick. New coach Ron Rivera told reporters Wednesday that his team would interview Burrow and Tagovailoa, adding: “Everything is an option. We’re not closing the door on anything.”
As long as Tagovailoa continues to settle the minds of NFL teams that are contemplating whether he’s worth the risk, the Giants, with Daniel Jones as their quarterback of the future and the No. 4 pick, are in an advantageous spot.
“I’ll be participating in the combine, but my main goal is not to win the 40, not to win the bench press, but to win my medical,” Tagovailoa recently told NFL Network.
He appears to have accomplished that.