A lingering should injury could be a deterrent for NFL teams interested in drafting Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary, according to a report.
Ian Rapaport of NFL Network and NFL.com reported on Tuesday morning that Gary was flagged during the medical evaluation process for a shoulder injury. According to Rapaport, Gary has a torn labrum that will require surgery at some point.
That’s enough to have several NFL teams second-guessing their interest in Gary. Rapaport did say, though, that the shoulder is stable enough to play through his rookie season with the injury.
“What they believe, at this point, is that the shoulder is good enough that he could play throughout the season, then get surgery after the season,” Rapaport said. “At the very least Rashan Gary, very highly-touted prospect, teams are going to have to be a little wary of what is going on with his shoulder.”
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 23, 2019
Gary sustained the shoulder injury midway through the college football season and missed three games. When he returned to the field, he said there was no ongoing issue with the shoulder.
From a talent standpoint, Gary is considered to be a top 20 pick by most draft experts, but the injury is enough of a hindrance to have teams cautious about signing him, especially if the injury turns out to be more serious than expected.
Does this mean we’ll see Gary slip dramatically come Thursday night? While he’s certainly talented enough to be a top 10 pick, the shoulder may see selected near the end of the first round.