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Tua Tagovailoa Clarifies Pre-Draft Comment About The Cowboys

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa injured vs. Mississippi State

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - NOVEMBER 9: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up before a game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium on November 16, 2019 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Tua Tagovailoa wants everyone to take a deep breath regarding his comments last week about his desire to play for the Dallas Cowboys. The Alabama quarterback thinks some have misconstrued his words.

During an NFL Network interview last week, Tagovailoa was asked which team he would want to play for. He went on to name the Cowboys, which he referred to as his "favorite team growing up."

“If you’re saying to me, I could choose what team I want to play on as far as my favorite team growing up, I’d probably tell you the [Dallas] Cowboys. But, I mean, they’re so far down [in the draft order]," Tagovailoa said.

Seems like a reasonable answer, but some took what he said as him literally stating he wants to play for Dallas first and foremost. That isn't the case, as he told ESPN's Todd Archer at the NFL Scouting Combine today.

"I'd be grateful to be drafted by any team," Tagovailoia explained.

In all likelihood, unless Dallas can swing a massive draft day trade, there's no chance Tagovailoa ends up playing there. As long as the prospect's hip continues to heal as expected, he'll probably be a top-10 pick at least.

Though he isn't performing at the combine this weekend, Tagovailoa said he is hoping to be cleared and ready to throw at Alabama's Pro Day on April 9.