While the NFL Scouting Combine is regarded as an opportunity for NFL Draft prospects to showcase their athletic abilities and have formal interviews with NFL teams interested in them, the most overlooked event at the combine is the medical checks. While these typically don’t reveal anything that could cause a prospect’s stock to fall, there’s typically one case each year where red flags are raised during medicals, and that appears to be the case with Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei:
Utah DT Star Lotulelei, projected top five 5 draft pick, will not work out after echocardiogram detected heart condition. Filed to ESPN.
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) February 24, 2013
Re: Lotulelei — I suffered from atrial fibrillation and my heart was pumping at 45%. Had an ablation surgery and is well over 60% now.
— James Christensen (@NEPatriotsDraft) February 24, 2013
If this turns out to be a serious condition(which it looks like it is), this could cause him to fall all the way out of the first-round, and could affect his ability to continue to play football if it’s a life-threatening condition.