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2013 NFL Combine: Star Lotulelei sitting out at combine after heart condition is detected, according to report

Lotulelei's left ventricle is reportedly pumping at 44 percent efficiency.


Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, considered one of the best prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft, will not participate in any drills at 2013 NFL Combine after a "echocardiogram detected heart condition" was discovered, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

Per Mortensen, doctors told Lotulelei that his left ventricle is pumping at 44 percent efficiency, while the normal range is 55-70 percent. The defensive tackle is reportedly scheduled to fly home to Salt Lake City to undergo further tests regarding the condition, but will stay in Indianapolis to continue to interview with teams.

It's still too early to determine what this means for his future in football, but his agent, Bruce Tollner, told Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports that teams advised him to withdraw from drills after an "abnormal test result." Tollner also said that Lotulelei intends to do a full workout during his pro day on March 20.

In a scouting report, Alfie Crow had this to say about Lotulelei:

Lotulelei can fill the role of a classic nose tackle in either defensive scheme, but his quickness and burst off the line of scrimmage makes him an idea player on a 3-4 defensive line because of his versatility. Lotulelei's biggest strength however is his ability to take up space and eat up blockers, freeing others around him to get one-on-one matchups and make plays.

In the latest mock draft database here on BCC, Lotulelei was sent to the Jaguars with the second overall selection in eight percent of the mock drafts.