By Harvey Hoffman
Most, if not all, of the news regarding the health of Alabama QB prospect Tua Tagovailoa has been positive. The combine, updated reports after medical check-ins and more have pointed toward the fact that his health will not play as big a factor as previously expected.
However, the most recent news is that a team with a top-10 draft pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, scheduled for April 23-25, failed Tua on his physical. Michael Lombardi and Adnan Virk shared this report on the most recent episode of the “GM Shuffle” podcast.
“You’ve had reports [that] one team in the top 10 has failed Tua Tagovailoa’s physical,” Virk said. “At least one team has said ‘listen… this guy is not ready to go.’ What do you think they saw? Obviously he’s coming off a serious injury here, [and] that’s got to get around… others have to be concerned now as well.”
Lombardi responded that he thinks this must mean that there’s more than just Tua’s hip injury playing a role in his pre-draft health concerns.
“It’s not just his hip,” Lombardi said. “It’s his ankle. It’s his wrist… he broke his wrist the first day of spring ball one year, and then they fixed it, he came back and he rebroke it again.
“I mean, he’s brittle! He is brittle. You can’t deny it. You can say he’s a really good player, right, but it’s easy for Mel [Kiper] and Todd [McShay] and everyone else to turn the card and say he’s a good player because they don’t look at this list of busts in front of them. They don’t look at the Mark Sanchezes, the Josh Freemans, the JaMarcus Russells, the Brady Quinns, the Jason Campbells, the J.P. Losmans… they don’t look at these names. They all were hot picks!”