Former Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland was flagged for having an enlarged aorta, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.
Sources: #Bama LB Reggie Ragland was flagged for an enlarged aorta, which requires yearly monitoring. Some teams have pushed him down a bit
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 28, 2016
Having heart problems of any kind is scary, especially in a sport with as much physical contact as football. The good news for Ragland, who left Alabama with 220 tackles (17.5 for a loss), 10 pass breakups and four forced fumbles, is that the new development shouldn’t affect his draft stock too much. He was already pegged as a late first-round pick and given how his condition is not life threatening and just needs yearly checkups, he should be fine to be drafted either today or early tomorrow.
And given how Ragland was one of the top performers on Alabama’s defense last season en route to a national championship, not to mention has great size for his position at 6-foot-2, 252 pounds and has done a great job of getting in draft shape.
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