Whether it’s because of the shoulder injury that forced him to miss time last year, or something else unrelated, Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com is reporting that “some teams have medical red flags” on Michigan defensive lineman Rashan Gary. Gary has already visited most of the teams at the top of the draft order, and while the injury concerns likely aren’t enough to kill all interest in him, La Canfora said wouldn’t be surprised to see him slip into the later first round.
The New Jersey native measures 6’4″ and 277 pounds, over the course of his college career at Michigan he complied 119 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, one forced fumble in 24 games. His physical traits made him the top pass rusher in his class and a five-star recruit coming out of Paramus Catholic High School. However, his numbers at Michigan often failed to live up to that promise he showed.
Gary only compiled a half sack in his freshman season, but improved to 5.5 sacks in 2017. Last season however, Gary was moved to the interior in Michigan’s 4-3 scheme, and totaled 3.5 sacks and 38 tackles. While all the potential to be a disruptive pass rusher is clearly evident, it’s clear that Gary will have to work on his technique if he wants to succeed at the next level.
Gary has been mocked all over the first round, he has visited many of the top teams, including the New York Giants, Cincinnati Bengals and Oakland Raiders. While injury concerns may prevent a few teams from chasing after Gary, it’s possible that these reports are smokescreens attempted to scare off other franchises. Before the draft, Gary announced that he founded his own sports agency, Rashan Gary Sports. As of January 2019, the agency has two clients, himself and fellow 2019 NFL prospect Montre Gregory, a defensive back from Bowling Green.