Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa declared for the 2020 NFL Draft in early January, and has since spent his time continuing his rehab back from a dislocated hip. He is no longer on crutches and told Pro Football Talk he could begin running in February.
Tagovailoa will attend the Combine in late February, where he will get looked over by team doctors and get a chance to go through the team-by-team interview process. He told PFT that he will not be looking to do more than “win” his medical examination following a February 10th scan.
“That’s what I’m trying to win,” Tagovailoa said on PFT Live. “I’m trying to win my medical. I’m not going in there to win the 40 [yard dash], not trying to win the bench press. My main focus is to recover as much as I can leading up to that process, where I can win my medical. That’s what I’m looking forward to.”
The potential first round pick later told NFL Media that he hopes to have a Pro Day in either late March or early April, per Andrew Groover.
LSU quarterback Joe Burrow is the likely No. 1 overall pick, but after the Cincinnati Bengals, a host of teams will be looking for their quarterback of the future. The Miami Dolphins and Los Angeles Chargers top the list, but there are plenty of teams that would love to grab a quarterback on a cheaper rookie contract. Tua’s hip injury will scare some folks, but the NFL’s QB-centric league all but assures he will be a first round pick in April.