Utah Utes defensive tackle Star Lotulelei watched his stock began to fall after it was discovered at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine that he was suffering from a heart condition. The doctors at the combine realized Lotulelei’s left ventricle was operating at just 44 percent instead of the normal range which is 55 to 70 percent.
Lotulelei had his heart re-examined after the combine and his ranges were improving. Now, after the latest tests from team physician Dave Petron, Lotulelei’s heart function is back to normal and there is “no evidence of dysfunction.”
Per Lya Wordaska of the Salt Lake Tribune:
Latest round of testing performed on Utah’s Lotulelei showed his heart was normal, no concerns of anything that would limit his future,
— Lya Wodraska (@LyaWodraska) April 1, 2013
Perhaps the most comforting note from Wordaska’s story was the quote from Petron that read, “There was no reason why he couldn’t continue on in an athletic career.”
There is belief that the initial concern and deficiency was caused by a virus.
If teams are satisfied with Lotulelei’s now clean bill of healthy, then his stock could start to rise once again. Lotulelei is one of the most dominant interior lineman in the 2013 draft class and his talent certainly merits a top ten selection.
Will a team draft Lotulelei in the top ten? We are only a few weeks away from finding out.