Report: Washington ‘absolutely’ will consider Tua Tagovailoa at No. 2 overall if he’s healthy

By Jesse Reed
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Redskins are the biggest wild card in the 2020 NFL Draft, with Tua Tagovailoa being a legitimate option at No. 2 overall.

This, of course, has been a huge story this week at the Combine. Ron Rivera announced that Tagovailoa and Joe Burrow would be visiting the franchise while at the same time making it clear last year’s first-round pick, Dwayne Haskins, isn’t “anointed” as the starter.

On Friday, reporting live from Indianapolis on NFL Network, veteran insider Michael Silver shared that Washington “absolutely” would consider taking Tagovailoa with the second overall pick if he is seen as fully healthy and ready to play.

Silver noted that Rivera has long been known as a straight shooter, saying “We need to take him at face value” when he said ‘we’re exploring all options.'”

He also pointed to what the Arizona Cardinals did last year, taking Kyler Murray at No. 1 overall a year after selecting Josh Rosen with the 10th overall pick. That’s something we recently dove into a bit more in depth as we explored the idea that a new trend may be developing as teams get more and more aggressive looking for their spark at the quarterback position.

Based on the amount of smoke billowing from Washington’s beat writers and national insiders these days about Tagovailoa being the guy for Washington, it does appear this is a real possibility.

Tagovailoa, to this point, has gotten nothing but outstanding news on the injury front since undergoing season-ending hip surgery last November.