Missouri Tigers edge-rusher Shane Ray could reportedly slide during the 2015 NFL draft because of a lingering foot injury.
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Doctor Recommends No Surgery
Thursday, April 23
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Ray saw a foot specialist whose recommendation was not to undergo surgery. Rapoport provided additional details on the injury:
NFL Network's Albert Breer passed along some insight from teams about how they view Ray's situation and outlook:
Meanwhile, Tod Palmer of the Kansas City Star provided a synopsis of what Ray's camp thinks of the ongoing concern of the injury:
Lance Zierlein of NFL.com reported earlier on Thursday that a team will have to make a decision about whether to send Ray for surgery if it selects him, which could lead to a five-month absence:
He previously noted there were growing concerns throughout the league about the ailment. As a result, his draft stock is in limbo:
Bleacher Report's Matt Miller discussed the impact Ray's injury could have on his draft stock:
Ray was previously grouped with the likes of Dante Fowler Jr., Vic Beasley and Randy Gregory as the top available edge-rushers in the class. He is a potential top-10 selection with the ability to play defensive end or linebacker, depending on the scheme.
If the rumblings about his foot are true, it's unclear what type of impact it would have on his status. A five-month timetable would put him on track for an early-October return should he get surgery immediately following the draft.
A team could also take a wait-and-see approach before deciding whether to go that route. It sounds like things are up in the air at this stage, and that's not a positive sign with the draft rapidly approaching.