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NFL Insider Reveals What He's Hearing About Tua Tagovailoa's Draft Decision

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa injured against Mississippi State

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - NOVEMBER 9: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide is helped off the field after being injured on a play in the first half of a game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium on November 16, 2019 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Over the weekend, Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered a season-ending injury.

As he attempted to escape two Mississippi State defenders, Tua fell awkwardly and dislocated his hip - suffering a fracture in the hip as well. Initial reports suggested his football career could be in jeopardy.

However, his doctors released a statement saying he's expected to fully recover from surgery to repair the injury.

The injury cast doubt on Tua's NFL future, but several draft analysts still expect him to be a first-round pick.

If he leaves, that is. One ESPN analyst suggested Tagovailoa should return to Alabama to improve his draft stock for the 2021 NFL draft.

So what will he do? NFL draft insider Tony Pauline said he's hearing Tua is already telling people close to him that he plans to enter the 2020 draft.

Here's what Pauline had to say:

"I am told by people who are close to him [Tagovailoa] that Tagovailoa is telling people that he is very likely to enter the 2020 NFL Draft. This shouldn’t be a surprise – maybe it’s just an affirmation to some people. But I think right now, the chances of him returning to Alabama, from what I’m hearing from people close to him, are very, very slim."

Tua's recovery will be closely watched by every NFL team heading into the draft.

The star quarterback has a long road to recovery in the coming months, but he is still expected to be a first-round pick at this point.