KEY POINTS

  • Tagovailoa likely to end up with Dolphins
  • Miami can trade up but Cincinnati hardly showing interest
  • Tagovailoa next best QB behind Burrow

The Miami Dolphins need a quarterback badly but hold low chances of getting their hands on top prospect Joe Burrow. Tau Tagovailoa looms as the second-best option for the franchise although his health is a concern. To close the book on that, the final health evaluation of the Samoan-American could put everything to rest.

According to Laura Rutledge of ESPN, Tagovailoa remains on the radar of the Dolphins. Interest remains high on the 22-year-old quarterback out of Alabama Crimson Tide with Miami allegedly continuing to ask around about Tagovailoa. Aside from the Dolphins, other teams are reportedly doing the same thing with most awaiting the final MRI results which will be out before the 2020 NFL Draft.

For those who may have missed it, Tagovailoa suffered a hip injury in his final season for Alabama. He underwent surgery last November and this is the reason why Miami and other teams are a bit apprehensive in taking him in.

As mentioned in a previous post, the Dolphins could trade up to get higher in the 2020 NFL Draft. The Cincinnati Bengals own the right to the first pick which most believe will be used on Burrow. As of this writing, there is no indication that the Bengals have plans of dealing away that right or the Heisman Trophy winner if he is picked first.

The only other quarterback available in Justin Herbert. However, some question his ability to lead after unimpressively speaking at the NFL combine, NBC Sports reported. Most believe that the 22-year-old was just being transparent but such may not sit well with teams who want to take in a  young and promising play-caller for the next NFL season.

If the Dolphins are unable to make any move to place better in the 2020 NFL Draft, Tagovailoa is more likely to be their guy. Miami can offer that pick plus two other first-round choices to the Bengals. Though there are three other teams they can deal with, the fact is that Miami wants Burrown and the Bengals feel the same.

With most restricted to their homes, the Dolphins coaching staff led by Brian Flores need to sit down and weigh their options. Unless they end up settling for available free agent quarterbacks in the market, the wise money is that they will pick up Tagovailoa on Apr. 10 - unless the NFL Draft is moved due to coronavirus concerns.

Tua Tagovailoa Alabama Football Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide rushes against the Auburn Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images