When NFL scouts, coaches and executives are evaluating potential draft picks, they always look at a few key things; size, speed, athleticism, character, production, etc. Yet, the most important and often overlooked feature of a prospect is his ability to stay on the field.
A player can have all the talent in the world but if he can't stay healthy and be relied upon by his team day in and day out, then he doesn't have much value.
Justin Harrell, who was selected by the Packers in the 1st round of the 2007 NFL Draft, missed most of his senior season at Tennessee due to a torn triceps, playing in just three games. He also was limited to eight games as a freshmen due to injury.
However, his past injuries didn't deter the Packers from using a premium draft pick on Harrell, who rewarded Green Bay with just two starts in 14 career games.
In the NFL, injuries are part of the game. Managing those injuries and staying healthy is an essential part of any successful season. Some players get injured in college and that trend continues in the pros. Others have been able to play through injuries in college, then fall apart against NFL competition.
Let's examine some of the most fragile players selected in the 2012 NFL Draft who should have given teams cause for concern with their injury histories.