2020 NFL Mock Draft: What Happens After Tua Tagovailoa's Injury?

Tim Kelly
November 20, 2019 - 7:17 am

In the last RADIO.COM 2020 NFL Draft mock, this space was used to wonder whether LSU quarterback Joe Burrow would leap-frog Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa if he led the Tigers to a a victory in Tuscaloosa.

Without spoiling the latest update, Burrow has moved ahead of Tagovailoa, but it's not because of LSU's 46-41 win over Alabama earlier this month. In that game, a less-than-100-percent Tagovailoa threw for 418 yards and four touchdowns.

However, this past weekend, Tagovailoa suffered a season-ending dislocated hip which required surgery Monday. Alabama's orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Lyle Cain, was bullish on Tagovailoa's chances for a "full recovery" after the surgery was performed, though that type of statement after such a procedure was to be expected.

The problem here is there isn't a clear answer - Tagovailoa suffered a major injury, on top of the fact that he's had both ankles surgically operated on. That said, there's yet to be any medical professional definitively say this injury will keep him from fulfilling his potential eventually in the NFL. Given that he has attributes that remind you of Russell Wilson and Kyler Murray, teams will still have interest - even it it's cautious - in him next April if there aren't any setbacks.

Frankly, it wouldn't be shocking for Tagovailoa to ultimately still be taken with the top pick. It also isn't impossible to envision a scenario where he falls out of the first round altogether. The guess here is he'll land somewhere in between those two results, which drastically affects how the rest of the board will fall.

Here's the latest RADIO.COM 2020 NFL Draft mock: