NFL Mock Draft 2013: Star Lotulelei’s Heart Condition and the Eagles

The unfortunate news from Indianapolis this weekend is that Utah defensive tackle and potential top five pick Star Lotulelei wouldn’t be working out because of a previously undetected heart condition.

While other potential top picks such as Dee Milliner and Jarvis Jones are also dealing with varying injury concerns, the news of Lotulelei’s condition could be potentially a bit more serious.

ESPN’s Chris Mortenson broke that the defensive tackle’s left ventricle is pumping at 44 percent efficiency, below the normal 55-70 percent.

He’ll undergo further testing to determine a plan of action and the severity, but from the Eagles’ perspective the news has to be at least mildly concerning. Some view Lotulelei as the draft’s best overall prospect and it’s more than possible the Eagles would utilize the fourth overall pick in the draft on him should he fall to that spot.

With Kenjon Barner recently chiming in that one must be at peak physical condition coming into camp in order to be an effective piece of a Chip Kelly team, such an ailment has to viewed as a severe red flag.

Topics: Philadelphia Eagles

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