On the Mend

It happens every April; highly rated prospects slipping down draft boards. There are a number of reasons why this happens and injuries are usually one of the biggest culprits. Here's an update on five injured players from the offensive side of the ball.

Twice in the past two weeks we reported on the possibility of Ted Ginn Jr. not being ready to work out prior to the draft.  Now comes word that a date of April 12th has been given at which time Ginn will perform in front of scouts.

Sources have told us there is still a good chance Ginn won't be 100% for his workout.  Yet the April 12th date  gives him enough time to schedule a second workout before the draft if need be.

Prior to the combine we alerted subscribers to the physical condition of Texas Tech guard Manuel Ramirez.

The big blocker was recuperating from knee surgery which was required after a torn patella tendon was misdiagnosed by team physicians as tendonitis.  The result of playing with the injury for two seasons was the formation of bone spurs, which required surgery to remove.

Originally the thinking was Ramirez would not be able to complete a full workout prior to the draft.  Now comes word that Ramirez is ahead of schedule and will workout for scouts on April 21st.  

Measuring in at 6-feet-3-inches and 326-pounds at the combine, Ramirez completed 40-reps on the bench.  He plans to participate in position drills and run for scouts on the 21st.

The situation is similar for Rob Turner of New Mexico.  

Given one of the highest grades of any offensive lineman by National Scouting and Blesto coming into the season, Turner watched his stock steadily slip.  But like Ramirez a prior injury was the culprit.

Turner had major surgery performed on his wrist three years ago at New Mexico.  The first surgery, which was unsuccessful, included bone grafts put into the joint.  A second surgery was completed in January '06 with no tangible results. All throughout this period Turner was unable to lift weights due to the condition of his wrist. 

After competing in the Shrine Game last January, Turner visited a specialist in New York city then had a third surgery performed.  This time the procedure was successful.

Turner is now scheduled to workout in front of four teams on April 25th.  They include the Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots, New York Jets and Detroit Lions.  

Sources have told us Turner's situation could parallel Kris Dielman's story; a lineman that slides out of the draft yet turns into a coveted player once he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

One blocker who won't be as lucky is Arizona State's Andrew Carnahan.  

The big offensive tackle underwent season ending knee surgery last September.  He is on schedule to be 100% by the end of April yet is unlikely to workout for scouts prior to the draft.  There is a possibility Carnahan could start the season on the PUP list for whichever team signs him.

Finally Oregon receiver Jordan Kent is scheduled to workout for scouts on April 19th.  The former basketball player who went to the combine tore ligaments in his big toe during the Ducks bowl game.

Solid results could secure Kent a spot in the late rounds.

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