A medical concern with former Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland has reportedly affected his draft stock heading into tonight’s first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Ragland was flagged for an enlarged aorta during a medical evaluation, and some teams have moved him down their draft boards because of it, according to a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
The aorta is the largest artery in the body and it carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body. Physical restrictions for a person with an enlarged aorta are dependent on the size, location and medical problems associated with the individual, according to Michigan’s Frankel Cardiovascular Center. It varies from person to person, but it is recommended for some to avoid contact sports, such as football, which could be dangerous with a direct blow to the chest.
Ragland made 195 tackles, 17 for loss, over the last two seasons as a starter for the Crimson Tide. He is currently projected to be a first-round pick by most outlets. Some rate Ragland as the top inside linebacker prospect in the draft.