On April 9, Alabama Crimson Tide star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa held his virtual pro day in front of a small crowd in Tennessee. Tagovailoa conducted his workout in a private gym surrounded by several of his Crimson Tide teammates, including WR Jerry Jeudy. Tagovailoa’s workout was orchestrated by former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer, and the video was later sent to all 32 NFL teams.
Fortunately for fans, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen was able to obtain footage and posted it on Twitter in multiple clips on April 10. And now, we’ve taken all of the clips and combined it into one video for easier viewing. The full video can be found by scrolling to the end of this article.
While original reports suggest Tua had attempted 55 throws, Mortensen reports that it was actually 72. Tagovailoa was originally scheduled to hold his Pro Day on April 9 before most of the country was shut down, so the news of this happening is not new. But with Tua unable to check in with team doctors on personal visits, this was just another way to show NFL teams that he is fully healed and ready to play following his hip surgery several months ago.
Tagovailoa is presumed to be selected within the top 5 picks of the 2020 NFL Draft, but there have been many reports over the past several days regarding his health. In fact, The Athletic’s Mike Lombardi reported that at least one team had failed him on their physical, and that Tua had suffered wrist injuries that weren’t previously reported.
However, the full workout, which was done after Tua was unable to throw at the NFL Scouting Combine, shows him moving without much effort and strain on his body. Further, his agent, Leigh Steinberg, told PFN in an exclusive interview that Tagovailoa will be ready to go by training camp this summer. To judge for yourself, scroll to the end of the article for the full video footage of his pro day. These clips were compiled from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, who posted the workout on his Twitter feed.[sv slug=”mocksim”]
Where Might Tua Land?
There’s lots of speculation surrounding where Tagovailoa could be drafted in 13 days. The Washington Redskins appear locked in on Ohio State defensive end Chase Young and drafted a promising young rookie last season in Dwayne Haskins. Detroit remains the biggest unknown, and although it seems like a reach to expect them to take a QB with Matt Stafford still on the books, stranger things have happened.
A recent report from Ian Rapoport, however, indicates that the Lions pick is open for business and if there’s a team that genuinely covets Tua, that could be the sweet spot in the pecking order.
Several teams in the top half of the draft could have interest in a QB, but only a few have the ammunition it would take to move up. Jacksonville, Las Vegas, and the Dolphins could all make a move for Tagovailoa. And with the current situation at quarterback with the Chargers, they remain a factor as well.
In the end, the Dolphins seem to be the favorite for Tagovailoa. Maybe Matt Patricia and his former colleague Brian Flores agree to swap picks, which could allow both teams to end up with the player they covet. Or perhaps, the Dolphins sit pat at #5 and let Tua fall into their laps. It’s hard to get a grasp on how teams view one of the top quarterbacks in this class, but we should find out soon enough.
Whatever team takes a chance on Tua will be doing so with plenty of risks. But in this situation, the reward is far too great to pass up.