INDIANAPOLIS — Michigan defensive tackle Maurice Hurst was considered a first-round pick and potential riser entering the NFL Scouting Combine. But instead of working out for NFL teams this weekend, he is headed home.
On Friday during the medical portion of the Combine, Hurst was red-flagged due to a heart condition.
Hurst is among the players who has been linked to the Bills in various mock drafts.
Hurst played 38 straight games to finish his career in Ann Arbor, and durability wasn't expected to be a hurdle with his draft evaluation. It is unclear if Hurst had any prior knowledge of a potentially serious issue.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported something was discovered during an exam with the New Orleans Saints' medical staff and the condition was similar to one that led doctors to advise Nick Fairley to retire last June. Fairley did not play in the 2017 season and was cut last month by the Saints with a non-football illness designation.
Prior to the 2013 NFL Draft, defensive tackle Star Lotulelei was held out of Combine drills after the medical evaluation discovered a heart condition. However, he was cleared prior to the draft and was selected 14th overall by the Carolina Panthers.
Hurst is expected to receive multiple opinions in the next month to gain a better understanding of the long-term prognosis.