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    Star Lotulelei has a heart condition. Has to leave combine.

    Star Lotulelei, one of the elite prospects for the 2013 NFL draft, will not be allowed to work out Monday at the scouting combine after an echocardiogram revealed that the former Utah defensive tackle has a heart condition that requires more testing, according to league sources.

    Lotulelei's agent, Bruce Tollner, confirmed to ESPN's Joe Schad that the first team All-American had an abnormal test result as part of his physical and will visit a specialist this week.
    Lotulelei was discovered to have an abnormally low Ejection Fraction, detecting that the left ventricle of his heart was pumping at only 44 percent efficiency, sources said. The normal range is between 55-70 percent efficiency.
    The 6-foot-2, 311-pound Lotulelei will undergo further testing in Salt Lake City in an effort to seek more clarity with the condition, a source said. If it's a confirmed chronic condition, medical experts consider it an indication of possible heart damage.
    Tollner said Lotulelei was asked by combine officials not to participate until consulting a specialist. Lotulelei still will be interviewed by NFL teams in Indianapolis and plans to participate at Utah's Pro Day on March 20.
    Lotulelei is the No. 1 overall player as ranked by Scouts, Inc., and has been rated as a top-5 draft prospect by ESPN draft experts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay.



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    Where will this drop him to???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chadman View Post
    Where will this drop him to???
    Dont know. This sounds pretty serious though. I hope the young man will be ok.
    Steelers 2014 Draft

    1-Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State
    2-Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt
    3-Jordan Tripp ILB/OLB Montana
    4-Christian Jones ILB Florida State
    5-Brent Urban DE Virginia
    5-Michael Schofield OG/OT Michigan
    6-Kadeem Edwards OG Tennessee State
    6-Ben Gardner DE Stanford
    7-Aaron Colvin CB Oklahoma

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    Hate to see that. I hope everything works out for the kid.

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    Hopefully when he visits a specialist and more testing he'll have a better result. At this point the kid is worried about his health more than the draft so I hope it works out for him.
    I wonder why this wasn't picked up earlier? Players have to take a physical to play football so does the physical include tests like this?

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    This is unfortunate on many levels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by supersteeler View Post
    Hopefully when he visits a specialist and more testing he'll have a better result. At this point the kid is worried about his health more than the draft so I hope it works out for him.
    I wonder why this wasn't picked up earlier? Players have to take a physical to play football so does the physical include tests like this?
    Typical physicals don't involve an echo of the heart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn View Post
    This is unfortunate on many levels.
    would you still draft him at 17, doc?

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    Obviously, I hope the kid is ok too. Heart problems are scary stuff.

    However, once they determine if there is an abnormality, disease, or simply a blockage. He may settle right into the #17 pick. He is not Ngata, but he is close.
    Even if Bill Belichick was getting an atomic wedgie, his face would look exactly the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn View Post
    Typical physicals don't involve an echo of the heart.
    I'll certainly defer to you on this, but my (very limited) understanding is that decreased LV function is pretty significant, especially at those levels, right?

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