Shane Ray gets compared to Robert Mathis

Former Missouri Tigers star Shane Ray received some good news on Thursday when it was reported that he would not need surgery for his lingering toe injury.

On Friday, Ray followed up the good news with a major endorsement from former Colts General Manager Bill Polian.

When Polian was speaking about Shane Ray on ESPN, he said the Mizzou pass rusher reminded him of a star player that has been in his organization, Robert Mathis.

That is high praise for a man who has never played a down in the NFL.

When I see him I see Robert Mathis,” Polian said of Ray on ESPN, as transcribed by Pro Football talk. “Near a Hall of Fame player. People who don’t like him are going to say he’s narrow of build and therefore can’t stand on the line of scrimmage, and that’s fine. I don’t want him to stand on the line of scrimmage, I want him to go chase the quarterback, and he’s about the best in this draft at doing that.”

Polian also doesn’t seem to be too concerned about the toe injury that has been a talking point in recent weeks.

“There is no long-term lingering issue with turf toe, not like a knee injury. You recover from it, you’re back, and you’re ready to go. I would not move him. I’d be praying that he’d come to me,” Polian said.

If Shane Ray can live up to Bill Polian’s hype, someone is going to receive a very impressive defensive talent.

Currently, Ray is a top 15 talent in the 2015 NFL Draft class.

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