There are plenty of mock drafts out there in addition to plenty of members of Raider Nation who have pegged Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei as Oakland’s man with the third overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. If that is to come to be then it might be at a considerable risk to both the Raiders and Lotulelei himself.
It was reported today that Lotulelei will not be permitted to workout at the NFL Scouting Combine after an echocardiogram revealed a heart condition that will require more testing. This could be a huge red flag not only for the Raiders but for any of the other teams that saw Lotulelei as a top 5 pick as many draft experts have predicted.
As of now Lotulelei is still planning to participate in Utah’s pro day on March 20th but that cannot be confirmed until more testing is completed. An ESPN report provides the worst case scenario in which Lotulelei is revealed to have a chronic condition that would indicate heart damage. Something of that sort would surely put his playing career at risk if for no other reason than a NFL team would be unwilling to commit a contract to a player that has a great health risk.
For Oakland this is yet another top prospect on their board with considerable medical risks. Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones is considering by some to be the top prospect in the draft and a very possible selection for the Raiders at third overall. However Jones opted not to workout at the combine adding to the long term concerns over his spinal condition.