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.