The Miami Dolphins have been linked as a team that could land Tua Tagovailoa in the 2020 NFL Draft for months and that hasn’t changed ahead of the draft next month. According to ESPN’s Laura Rutledge — who is close to the Tagovailoa family — Tua continues to gain interest from Miami.
“Tua continues to get a lot of interest from the Dolphins,” Rutledge said. “That’s one team that has continually asked (about him). But so many teams are doing their due diligence on this. They’ll be one of those teams on April 10 (asking about) that final MRI before the draft after a full month of athletic activity. They’re going to be sending out that MRI to the Dolphins and other teams as well.
Of course, in Tagovailoa’s final season at Alabama, he sustained a devastating hip injury. Recently, after undergoing surgery in November, Tagovailoa posted a video of him throwing for the first time in months.
Due to the coronavirus, teams around the NFL are having a tougher time gathering information on incoming prospects. However, that hasn’t wavered Miami’s interest in the left-handed quarterback in this year’s draft.
The Dolphins enter the draft with the No. 5 pick and two other first-round selections. If they are committed to taking Tagovailoa, Miami has more than enough draft capital to trade up to get him.
With Tagovailoa ramping up his physical activity, he will be sending his final MRI to teams on April 10, nearly two weeks before the draft. The results of that MRI could be the deciding factor on whether or not the Dolphins feel comfortable drafting him early in the first round.