The NFL Draft is a little over a month away, and perhaps the most followed prospect leading up to the big day is Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Originally projected to be the first overall pick, Tagovailoa's stock took a bit of a hit after dislocating his hip against Mississippi State this past season.
On Monday, however, Tagovailoa and interested teams received good news. The southpaw's four-month scans came back as "very good with no concerns" and he will now begin his training to get his body in game shape.
The expectation entering Monday was that he'd be cleared to take part in full workouts in preparation for the NFL Draft. This update puts him right on track to participate in individual drills at Alabama's Pro Day on March 24.
At the time of his hip injury, draft analysts were skeptical about whether Tagovailoa would be able to return to top playing form. That skepticism died quickly after he underwent successful surgery and initial tests came back with positive results.
(Of course, we mean "positive" in the literal sense, not in the unfortunate medical sense.)
Tagovailoa won't go first overall to the Cincinnati Bengals, as LSU quarterback and Heisman winner Joe Burrow overtook him on draft boards over the course of 2019. However, he's projected to go as high as No. 2 to the Washington Redskins or as low as No. 6 to the Los Angeles Chargers.
Of course, there's the possibility that a team trades up into the top five to select Tagovailoa. That's just the kind of talent he is.
When looking at Tua's college tape, he showed the potential to become a future franchise quarterback in the NFL. His draft stock will only increase if he balls out during his individual workouts ahead of the draft with a clean bill of health.