Speaking with an NFL scout at BYU’s Pro Day on Thursday, I asked him about both Star Lotulelei of Utah and Ziggy Ansah of BYU. I was trying to get a perspective on where the two will be drafted.
The scout, who didn’t wish to be identified, echoed a concern that persists: NFL teams are still wary of the abnormal numbers on a heart test that Lotulelei took at the combine in February.
“Star has obviously had a rougher off-season (than Ansah), simply because of the heart thing,” the scout said. “There are some questions there.”
He continued, “His workout (at Utah) the other day, I thought he looked a little out of shape, like he hadn’t done much in a while. But when you turn the tape on, he’s a good player.”
Then the scout went back to Lotulelei’s health, even though the former Ute says subsequent test results have been normal.
“I think the biggest thing,” the scout said, “is making people feel secure and safe and good about it, health-wise. But he certainly is a first-found talent, which both these kids are.”