The NFL Medical re-checks were this past Thursday and Friday and it did not go well for former Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith.
Smith was expected to be a first-round draft choice until a gruesome knee injury in his final college game, against Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl, put his draft status in question. The injury included nerve damage, which is one of the primary concerns regarding the length of time it will take him to recover. Smith has said doctors have told him he will fully recover eventually, but without a more clear timetable, NFL clubs could be reticent to invest a high draft choice in him. Before the injury, he was considered a sure top-10 pick who some believed would have competed for the top draft slot.
“I know there are some teams very concerned about whether he’ll be ready to go in 2017. Unfortunately, I think that’s really going to hurt his stock,” said NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein. “On the other hand, if he fully recovers at any point, you’ve got one of the best players in the draft.”
Dane Brugler believes there is a “good chance” Smith could end up being a day-three pick in this year’s draft. So here is my question, does he fall to day 3? If he does do you spend a draft pick on him and hope you can get him back at 100 percent? This is a risk/reward pick. I doubt someone will take him in Round 1, but if they do they will put him on the I/R like Marcus Lattimore and Willis McGahee who suffered similar injuries. Would you be willing to make the move?
I would spend a third rounder on him, if I was in charge of a team and had two third round picks I am taking him. If I was the Titans I would spend a 2nd round pick on him. Why not, you have a chance to get one of the best players in the draft late. He could have been your pick with the 1st overall pick. Just saying…..