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ESPN's Mel Kiper Reacts To New Tua Tagovailoa Video

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in the first half against Tennessee

TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA - OCTOBER 19: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after a rushing touchdown by Brian Robinson Jr. #24 in the first half against the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 19, 2019 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Tua Tagovailoa took a big step in his recovery from serious hip surgery this week. The Alabama star quarterback shared the first videos of him doing drill work and throwing, ahead of the NFL Draft a month from now.

You wouldn't really know that he suffered an injury that initially seemed to threaten his career, by watching the clips. He moves pretty seamlessly through a drop back drill, and while we don't see the full throw, it looks pretty solid coming off of his hand.

Despite the injury, Tua has been mocked in the top five of the upcoming draft. It is hard to see him getting past the Miami Dolphins at No. 5, but teams ahead of them like the Washington Redskins and Detroit Lions could also consider making a bold selection, and there is always the possibility of a trade.

With the cancellation of Pro Days and other in-person visits with teams, Tua unfortunately loses the opportunity to show what he can do for teams directly. Hopefully he finds success with these recorded workouts.

Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN's longtime NFL Draft analyst, was already high on Tua Tagovailoa, assuming that he is past the major injury concerns from the hip surgery. He has said that the Redskins should take him at No. 2 if they think he's an upgrade over Dwayne Haskins.

He doesn't think that that's what will happen though. In his latest mock he has Tua going No. 5 to Miami. Wherever Tua goes, he believes that the Alabama quarterback should take a redshirt year just to make sure things are okay. He appeared on Get Up! this morning to discuss the situation. Via 247Sports:

“You have to like what you see,” Kiper said on ESPN’s Get Up. “Even if Tua medically gets cleared by the doctors and everything looks good, you still have that durability concern. It’s still there. There’s three lower-extremity injuries. Look at it and say, ‘okay, redshirt him next year.’ Five of the winningest active signal callers in the NFL, four of those didn’t play their rookie year. We know Patrick Mahomes only played that last game. Lamar Jackson only played late after Joe Flacco was banged up. … I think you medically redshirt Tua regardless of how he looks, regardless of what the medical people say. Let his body heal and get him ready for 2021.”

That is probably the right move. If a team like Miami, which has been dedicated to rebuilding, takes him, it makes sense for this to be the route they take.