Former Alabama Crimson Tide star quarterback and 2020 NFL Draft prospect Tua Tagovailoa is ready to get back to business.
Tagovailoa claims he is at “100 percent” months of rehab to a hip injury suffered this past November (via Steve Wyche of NFL.com):
Former Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, one of the top players available for the NFL draft April 23-25, said Wednesday his surgically repaired hip is fully healed and that he could step on a football field and compete at full strength — immediately.
“I feel 100 percent,” Tagovailoa said in an exclusive interview with NFL Network. “I feel like if there was a game today, I’d be able to go out and perform the same way I was able to perform in previous years. I feel as mobile as possible. I feel 100 percent.”
Tagovailoa’s agent, Chris Cabott of Steinberg Sports and Entertainment, told Yahoo Sports earlier this week that the left-handed quarterback’s doctors have medically cleared Tagovailoa, without restrictions.
Tagovailoa was regarded as the likely top pick in the 2020 Draft prior to the start of his junior season, but the injury paired with the sensational performance of LSU quarterback Joe Burrow have altered his outlook.
Still, Tua might be a lock for the top 10. Tagovailoa completed over 71 percent of his passes for nearly 3,000 yards in just nine games in 2019, throwing 33 touchdowns against just three interceptions.
Teams like the Miami Dolphins (No. 5 pick) and Los Angeles Chargers (No. 6 pick) might both select a quarterback, and Tua figures to be the first one off the board after Burrow if the hip is healthy.