2019 NFL Draft Rumors: Rashan Gary's Injury History Concerning 'Some Teams'

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistApril 18, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 03: Defensive lineman Rashan Gary of Michigan works out during day four of the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 3, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Michigan defensive lineman Rashan Gary has long had the profile of a potential top-10 pick in the 2019 NFL draft, but teams reportedly may have some reservations.

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, NFL teams have "medical red flags" on Gary, which could lead to him going a "little lower" in the first round than most have projected thus far.

Gary was limited to nine games during his junior season in 2018 with a shoulder injury.

Pro Football Talk's Darin Gantt noted that it is unclear if teams have any additional medical red flags on Gary beyond his shoulder ailment. Gantt also suggested that teams could be attempting to "spread misinformation" in the hopes that he'll fall in the draft.

After registering career highs as a sophomore at Michigan in 2017 with 58 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks, Gary's numbers dipped last season in four fewer games. In 2018, Gary finished with 38 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks.

Pro Football Focus pointed out that Gary's pass-rushing production paled in comparison to some of the other top pass-rushers to play at Michigan in recent years:

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Interest in Gary as a top-10 pick may have more to do with his physical attributes and potential than the numbers he put up with the Wolverines.

At the NFL Scouting Combine, Gary measured 6'4" and weighed 277 pounds. At that size, he remarkably ran the 40-yard dash in 4.58 seconds. He also displayed impressive strength with 26 bench-press reps.

Gary's talent level and traits are off the charts, but he isn't a traditional pass-rusher and may not fit well in 3-4 defenses as a stand-up pass-rusher, which could limit his potential landing spots.

Despite Gary's shortcomings, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller ranked him as the No. 10 overall player in the draft on his latest big board and as the No. 3 edge defender behind Ohio State's Nick Bosa and Kentucky's Josh Allen.

In his latest mock draft, Miller projected that Gary would go eighth overall to a Detroit Lions team in need of pass-rushing help.

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