There have been some crazy reports recently about the Dolphins and Tua. Leading up to the draft, Tua Tagovailoa was considered the top target for the Miami Dolphins, but lately he has been getting pushed away from them via the media. You have to ask yourself is this real or is it a smokescreen?
In the final days before the 2020 NFL draft, there is a considered level of uncertainty about which player the Dolphins will select with their No. 5 pick now.
Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline reports the Dolphins are expected to pick Georgia OT Andrew Thomas with the No. 5 overall pick if he’s available, and will not take a quarterback.
This is an interesting strategy but it could keep them from getting the quarterback they want. I personally do not agree with this strategy because when it is a quarterback you have to get your guy or else you are screwing yourself.
There has also been questioning about Tua’s hip, even though Dr. Chip Routt a lead surgeon who performed the surgery said Tua is ahead of schedule and looks great.
“No, he is not susceptible to injury,” Dr. Chip Routt said. “We have a nice repair that should lower the chances of arthritic damage as he gets to be an old man. His injury had a pattern that allowed us to put the pieces back where they came from.” Routt
Shoot then his head coach at Alabama Nick Saban hinted to the Dolphins they should not pass on Tua as if they are really thinking of passing on him.
“We failed Drew Brees on the physical. That’s why he’s not Miami’s quarterback,” Saban told the Wall Street Journal earlier this week. “The sky’s the limit (with Tagovailoa). I don’t think any of the questions with Tua have to do with his ability to throw the ball and be effective.”
You have to remember this too. The Dolphins, have not been able to get their medical people around Tua Tagovailoa since the Indianapolis Combine in February because of the NFL rules installed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. They tried to bring him in for a pre-draft workout but were not able to get him in. They did however have Jordan Love in, before the outbreak.
There were many concerned about Tua’s wonderlic score as well. It was reported he scored a 13 but now many are telling me he scored a 19. I do not know if he took the exam again, but that 13 stings a little.
Many people I talk to around the league tell me the Dolphins do in fact want to land Tua but they could be considering drafting another player first then trading back up to land Tua. I do not get the concept here, because what if a team like the Patriots jump up ahead of them and draft Tua?
I think if they want a QB they better take Tua at 5 or trade up to get him.