The 2020 NFL Draft is a little over three weeks away, and quarterback prospect Tua Tagovailoa is proclaiming himself ready to get started with whichever team decides to draft him. Tagovailoa’s agency, Steinberg Sports & Entertainment told Yahoo Sports that “Tua is fully cleared and ready to compete without any restrictions.”
Tagovailoa dislocated his hip on November 16th against Mississippi State and has been rehabbing ever since. Every report has been a positive one, and while the comments of an agent should be taken with a grain of salt, it follows with what we’ve heard to date.
Shortly after the injury, there was some talk as to whether Tagovailoa might slip out of the first round entirely. Although he won’t be able to hold a pro day or in-person visit with teams, he is still seemingly near a lock to go in the top ten. Assuming the Cincinnati Bengals take Joe Burrow No. 1 overall, that leaves the Miami Dolphins and Los Angeles Chargers needing a quarterback. The Oakland Raiders and some trade-up candidates might be interested as well, which opens the door for a host of opportunities.
Where it gets interesting with Tagovailoa is how quickly his new team will be willing to send him out. If he is 100 percent cleared, he could conceivably play this fall if the season starts on time. But it’s possible his team will offer up cliches about wanting to take things slowly and build toward a year two starting debut.