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#pounditWednesday, January 20, 2021

Report: Multiple teams prefer Justin Herbert to Tua Tagovailoa

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Some NFL teams definitely appear to harbor continued doubts about the health of Tua Tagovailoa.

According to Matt Miller of Bleacher Report, multiple teams have Justin Herbert higher on their draft board than Tagovailoa. This is largely down to Tagovailoa’s health as he recovers from hip surgery. NFL teams are hesitant to trust third party doctors when they cannot look at Tagovailoa themselves. This is in contrast to Herbert, who has no such injury concerns.

This goes along with reporting that indicates that NFL teams are looking at Tagovailoa as an increased gamble due to the lack of direct access to him during the coronavirus pandemic. That’s not his fault, and it would probably be different in a normal draft process. It’s up to teams to figure out if Tagovailoa is worth the risk. For what it’s worth, some teams are probably more convinced than others about Tagovailoa’s recovery.

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