2006 Draft Preview: Medical risks

Each year, there are players who have various issues coming in to the NFL Draft. Scout.com outlined the players who had character issues last week and this week we'll take a look at some who have some medical issues in this update:

QB Charlie Whitehurst, Clemson

He had shoulder surgery late in 2005. Whitehurst looked good in private workouts for teams and hasn't had any problems passing physicals. Whitehurst figures to get drafted somewhere around the third round.

LB Ernie Sims, Florida State

It's no secret that he had some concussion issues in the past ,but Scout.com has learned he had suffered six concussions in his playing career, and one of them knocked him unconscious. While Sims seems like a rising prospect, in actuality, he could drop quite a bit on draft day.

CB/S Jason Allen, Tennessee

He suffered a hip injury last October that, despite a solid workout at the NFL Combine, has teams very concerned. Two teams that Scout.com talked to this week said they took Allen off of their draft board because of long-term concerns about his injured hip. Allen would be a sure-fire first-round pick without that concern.

CB Antonio Cromartie, Florida State

Cromartie missed the entire 2005 season due to a knee injury, but that doesn't seem to have been an issue as he's been passing team physicals throughout the league. The Dolphins had him in for a workout this spring.

OT Eric Winston, Miami

He suffered a knee injury during the 2004 season, but hasn't had any problems passing team physicals.

OT Marcus McNeill, Auburn

He has been diagnosed with stenosis, which is defined as the narrowing of the spine. While he certainly can play with the condition, teams are concerned with the long-term affects, which is why many see him falling out of the first round. Some teams even have taken him off their draft board entirely.


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