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Notes: Tua Tagovailoa says he feels 100%, could play today

The potential top-5 pick says he’s ready to roll.

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The health of former Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is paramount to how the top five of the 2020 NFL Draft may play out. And whether the Detroit Lions, who hold the third overall pick, are interested in him or not, the perception of Tagovailoa’s health could mean the difference between a huge trade haul and no trade options at all.

But with no Pro Days or team visits allowed in the midst of the COVID-19 restrictions around the NFL, Tagovailoa’s health will simply be a matter of faith and trust. But if you believe the quarterback at his word, he’s ready to go right now.

“I feel 100 percent,” Tagovailoa told NFL Network. “I feel like if there was a game today, I’d be able to go out and perform the same way I was able to perform in previous years. I feel as mobile as possible. I feel 100 percent.”

Teams will certainly try to do as much research to corroborate Tagovailoa’s claims, but after an extremely serious hip injury last year, there is a considerable risk in taking the Alabama quarterback high in the draft.

Still, Tagovailoa says he’s been cleared for all contact, and he looked to be moving around without any restrictions last week:

“Detroit is getting crushed and rightfully so in many respects,” an exec said. “However, the (Halapoulivaati) Vaitai signing is actually a really good value in this market.”

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