A couple of offensive tackles have reportedly been taken off of a few teams' NFL draft boards as Thursday approaches.
According to draft analyst Charlie Campbell, Alabama's Evan Neal and Central Michigan's Bernhard Raimann have medical concerns that some teams just can't move past.
WalterFootball.com has learned from team sources that some teams have medically flunked Alabama offensive tackle Evan Neal. The exact nature and concern of the medical issue was revealed to Walter Football. But, out of respect for Neal's privacy and to maintain the teams' discretion, we won't disclose the details. These medical exams are subjective, however. So while Neal was flunked by some, sources from other teams shared their organizations had given him a passing grade.
Neal is widely considered to be a top-10 pick in this year's draft. So, if he does slide a bit, medical concerns could be the reason why.
As for Raimann, he also received a medical "F" from a number of teams.
With Campbell writing, "As with Neal, we will respect Raimann's privacy and team discretion to keep quiet on the exact nature. Raimann was a projected second-day pick by teams prior to the the medical reports coming in. And these medical concerns could cause Raimann to slide."
You wonder how serious these concerns must be for clubs to take a player completely off their respective draft boards.
For the sake of the players' careers, hopefully these concerns aren't major enough to derail what they can do in the pros.