The Bengals will be in the hunt for a quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft, and Joe Burrow is the current favorite to be the first signal-caller taken.
But if the Bengals win 1-2 games down the stretch, they could go from the No. 1 pick to the 2-4 range, and Burrow may be off the board by then.
Tua Tagovailoa would have been another strong option for the Bengals in that range, but a season-ending hip injury suffered this past weekend could complicate things.
So, the recovery of Tagovailoa and potential to miss part of the 2020 season will be a big storyline to watch for in the coming weeks and months.
As it turns out, Tagovailoa got some good news Monday following surgery to repair his right hip:
Tua Tagovailoa underwent on his surgery on his right hip this morning in Houston and, according to Alabama, “his prognosis is excellent.”— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 18, 2019
Dr. Cain expects Tua Tagovailoa to make a full recovery. pic.twitter.com/wfBlf9QrLO— WVUA 23 (@wvua23) November 18, 2019
It’s still unclear how long Tagovailoa will be sidelined, but it sounds like the diagnosis on his injury went about as well as he could hope for. How long his recovery takes will play a major part in how high he’s drafted, and the Bengals, among other teams, may be scared off from taking him in the top five or even top 10.
Then again, the Bengals have shown time and time again that they’re not afraid to draft injury-prone players, even in the top 10 (even if it rarely, if ever works out for them).