Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 2/24/13
One of the NFL Draft’s top prospects was thrust into the spotlight on Sunday afternoon, but it wasn’t because of his time in the 40-meter dash. Defensive tackle Star Lotulelei announced through his agent that he will not participate in the NFL Combine’s drills, after an echocardiogram detected a heart condition. The news was first reported by ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, who pointed out that an issue with a specific part of Lotulelei’s heart was the cause for concern. Utah DT Star Lotulelei, projected top five 5 draft pick, will not work out after echocardiogram detected heart condition. Filed to ESPN.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) February 24, 2013 Lotulelei's left ventricle is pumping at 44 percent efficiency - normal range is 55-70 percent. He will undergo more tests in Salt Lake City— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) February 24, 2013 The Utah product was expected to be a top-five pick in this year’s draft. His agent announced that Lotulelei is still planning on participating in his school’s pro day on March 20, Thumbnail photo via Facebook/Star Lotulelei

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