Latest On Tua Tagovailoa

Still in consideration for the No. 1 overall pick and a good bet to be a top-10 choice, Tua Tagovailoa nevertheless said he was close to returning to Alabama for his senior season.

The early-entry quarterback said during an appearance on PFT Live his decision to enter the draft after his junior year was more difficult than most assumed it would be. But Tagovailoa is in the draft and continuing to rehab his injured hip. He is expected to be the second or third quarterback chosen, with Joe Burrow still the odds-on favorite to go No. 1 overall.

The Dolphins’ interest in the southpaw passer has not exactly been a secret, and even though Miami’s No. 5 pick may be enough to land Tagovailoa, the team is prepared to trade higher into the top five if necessary to land whichever prospect it prefers. If it were up to Tagovailoa family, they would “love” for the Dolphins to trade up with the Lions and make the pick, per Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. The Lions have certainly done well to throw anyone off the scent, committing to Matthew Stafford. But if this is an elaborate smokescreen, Detroit’s long-term uncertainty in the GM and head coach roles is not as enticing for the Tagovailoas as going to Miami, per Salguero.

Tagovailoa, who was the frontrunner to be the 2020 No. 1 pick going into his final Crimson Tide season, confirmed he remains on schedule to make a full recovery. He will not throw at the Combine, but the plan for a late-March or early-April pro day remains. His next benchmark will be an MRI and CT scan in February.

My main goal is not to win the 40, not to win the bench press, but to win my medical,” Tagovailoa said during an appearance on the NFL Network’s Super Bowl Live (via “I’m going to go over there looking to win my medical and then go in and interview with the teams. That’s pretty much what I’m going to do. And then hopefully there’s a pro day down the line, either late March or early April.”

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  1. dynamite drop in monty

    Reminds me of when I go to the pizza parlor and I see da pepperoni pie and I go heyyyyoooo gimme tua dem

  2. Phattey

    Really hope the raiders try and trade up for him that would be so cool to have him in Vegas

    • Appalachian_Outlaw

      The Raiders have way too many needs to be trading up, but I’d be for taking Tua if he slid to 12.

  3. JoeBrady

    1-I seriously doubt Tua is in consideration for the #1 pick. Burrow was probably a lock for #1 even before the ten or so TD in his last two games.

    2-Why would the Lions want to ‘throw anyone off the scent’? If anything, they should let rumors leak that they are looking at Tua, just get Miami to trade up.

    • monymgr

      The Lions should and will play that card regarding their so called interest in Tua ..The Raiders just might bite and move up !!

    • wordonthestreet

      Exactly. Why would the Lions be wanting to fool anyone into thinking they are not interested rather than increase demand and “fool” them into thinking they are interested

  4. canadianyankee

    As a Dolphin fan with the inside scoop I can tell you Miami has no interest in Tua this is all a smokescreen to throw the league off of their plan to draft a premier towel rack…players have been complaining about not having decent towel racks and their towels are getting wet while they shower…Fitzmagic is their QB of the future and will continue to help them secure 5th place finishes in the division

  5. Jack0207

    Actual Dolphins here. I think they should pass on the quarterback this year and mortgage the future for Trevor Lawrence next year. He isn’t injury prone and he is as tough as he is good.

  6. tigersfan1320

    I really hope the lions don’t draft him. Stafford seems to be good for at least another 3-4 years, and tua has yet to be able to stay healthy consistently

  7. TheBlueMeanie

    Whether the Lions trade down or not, I hope they don’t miss out on Okudah.

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