Tua Tagovailoa will be ‘grateful’ to whatever team picks him in draft
Tua Tagovailoa is without question one of the biggest question marks heading into the 2020 NFL Draft due primarily to injury and durability concerns.
Whether the former standout Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback gets selected in the top five or experiences a humbling free fall down the draft board, Tagovailoa insists he’ll be content regardless of what happens.
With Round 1 set to kick off Thursday in an unprecedented virtual NFL Draft, Tagovailoa was the subject of an expansive profile by Steve Wyche of NFL.com.
While there has been no shortage of encouraging signs that Tagovailoa is recovering well from a potentially career-ending hip injury, concerns about whether he will be able to stay healthy at the NFL level continue to dog him. Much of this uncertainty can be attributed to the NFL’s lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic that has halted pre-draft workouts and all the other ways players can showcase themselves.
Tagovailoa did conduct a modified “Pro Day” on April 9, footage of which was distributed to every NFL team, those teams’ inability to get an up-close look, not to mention having their own doctors examine him, has unsurprisingly hampered things.
With the notion that a draft-day slide could be in the offing, Tagovailoa conveyed to Wyche how he feels about the ongoing and frustrating uncertainty.
“I have no control over the circumstances or situation,” Tagovailoa said. “If I was healthy [or] if I wasn’t, I would have no control. So, the best thing I can do is continue to work. Whatever team decides to choose me, I would be grateful.”
Despite where Tagovailoa will land in the draft, there unsurprisingly has been no shortage of interest. He has participated in several video meetings with myriad teams, occasionally with just general managers and other times with a team’s entire offensive coaching staff.
Despite having the opportunity to speak on his behalf in a virtual manner, it goes without saying that Tagovailoa’s task of proving he’s healthy and ready for the NFL grind obviously could not have come in a worse year given these unprecedented times and unconventional draft.