5 reasons why Tua Tagovailoa is a perfect fit for the Miami Dolphins

Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama Crimson Tide, Miami Dolphins. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama Crimson Tide, Miami Dolphins. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images) /
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Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) /

3. Post-Injury results were positive

The biggest concern about Tua’s draft value was his injury history. Along with the hip injury that ended his college career, Tagovailoa suffered multiple injuries. He fractured an index finger, sprained his right knee, and suffered ankle injuries during his time at Alabama.

Then, the situation became complicated after the NFL shutdown team facilities due to the coronavirus pandemic. This prevented the Dolphins and other organizations from bringing in Tua for medical evaluations and in-person workouts. The Alabama signal-caller was medically cleared in early March. He even showed encouraging signs when he shared a video of himself doing throwing drills.

But, general manager Chris Grier told Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer that the Dolphins wanted one final opinion of the team’s medical staff. They believed his hip injury was a “freak thing,” which gave management the green light to draft their prized prospect.

"“Our doctors and trainers did an outstanding job, like they do on every player. With him specifically, they did nothing above and beyond of the same thing they do. They checked all the boxes and made sure we were all comfortable and feeling good about it. [Coach] Brian [Flores], myself, ownership, we were very comfortable with it.”"

Some might think selecting a player who’s had three surgeries in the last three years is crazy. However, Miami’s brain trust and medical staff chose the upside, and it’s the right call. For a franchise that is in dire need of a franchise quarterback, Tagovailoa could be the guy if he can stay healthy.