NFL Draft news: Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa's prognosis 'excellent' after hip surgery
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Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa’s prognosis ‘excellent’ after hip surgery

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Alabama quarterback and the presumptive number top pick in the upcoming NFL draft, Tua Tagovailoa had been banged up for much of the season with an ankle injury but has now been lost for the season after dislocating his hip on Saturday.

While this is disappointing news for Bama fans and proponents of paying college athletes, it might be even more discouraging for NFL teams that have been tanking all season long in hopes of drafting Tagovailoa.

However, Monday did bring some encouraging news for Tagovailoa and his NFL draft stock as Alabama released a report stating how the 21-year old underwent successful surgery.

The first team to come to mind when Tua went down was the Miami Dolphins who were coming off maybe the most surprising two-game winning streak of the season. It is no secret that the Dolphins had Tagovailoa at the top of their draft board as the team had been scouting and attending Alabama games since the early weeks of the season.

We will see how the injury affects how weary teams are of drafting the quarterback as fellow SEC signal-caller Joe Burrow has been sky-rocketing up draft boards in recent weeks as he has lead LSU to the top spot in the nation.

While Tagolvailoa’s injury is significant, his talent and abilities on the field are not going to prevent him from being some team’s top pick. The question will be how far he will fall in the draft, or if he will fall at all.