Tua Tagovailoa NFL Draft Dolphins
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The biggest question at the NFL Scouting Combine this week is the health of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. On Tuesday, the former Alabama Crimson Tide star revealed he is closing in on a return.

Speaking to reporters at the NFL Combine, Tagovailoa said he expects to receive full clearance from doctors on March 9 after working tirelessly on his recovery.

Once he receives clearance, Tagovailoa firmly believes he’ll be ready to fully participate in drills at his Pro Day and can prove to NFL teams that he’s healthy.

Tagovailoa’s surgeon raved about his recovery efforts and the news regarding his recovery has been increasingly positive in recent weeks.

Projected to be a top-three pick before suffering a dislocated hip in November, Tagovailoa’s stock is soaring once again. He met with the Washington Redskins, who hold the No. 2 overall pick, and could draw consideration from the Detroit Lions.

At worst, Tagovailoa’s floor in the 2020 NFL Draft will likely be the Miami Dolphins at the No. 5 overall pick. It’s a remarkable turnaround after many feared for his NFL future when he suffered the injury.