The Dolphins better be sure they prefer former Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa with the No. 5 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Teams and draft prospects are now prohibited from making visits due to global health concerns. All face-to-face interaction must be done via Skype or FaceTime. At this point, prior evaluation and collegiate film is all teams have to go off.
A player like Tagovailoa is in a tricky position. The elite QB prospect has all the skills necessary to produce at a high rate at the next level. But his season-ending injury with the Tide in 2019 remains a legitimate concern.
NFL insider Adam Schefter believes because of the banning of team and draft prospect visits, NFL teams – specifically the Miami Dolphins – are in a tough spot in regards to further evaluating Tagovailoa ahead of the draft:
“Yes, they got a look at Tua in Indianapolis, but they’d like a further evaluation and extensive look,” Schefter said on Get Up!, via Saturday Down South. “You want to be as convinced as possible, as thorough as you can get. But the NFL this year has banned players from visiting team facilities. When you’ve got a player like Tua teams want to get their hands on, they can’t do it. Teams are in a little bit more of a guessing game.”
Guessing is always going to happen in regards to the draft. In reality, each pick is a gamble. But with Tagovailoa, his injury concerns are magnified without a proper pre-draft evaluation.
“It was always going to be something of a medical gamble with Tua and it’s an even bigger gamble at this point in time,” Schefter continued.
Will the new NFL rule hurt Tagovailoa and his draft stock? We’ll find out when the NFL Draft gets going on Apr. 23rd.