Posted April 10, 2013 on
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Utah's Star Lotulelei has declined an invitation to attend the NFL draft in New York.
Lotulelei issued a statement Wednesday through his agent saying he prefers to be in Utah surrounded by family and friends when his name is called. The defensive tackle was projected by some to be the top overall pick until a medical exam during the NFL combine raised questions about his heart function.
The state of Utah will still be represented at the draft. Former Brigham Young defensive end Ezekiel ''Ziggy'' Ansah plans to be in New York.
Ansah's draft stock has been rising quickly. The Ghana-born Ansah earned Most Outstanding Player honors for the South team at the Senior Bowl and is projected as a top five pick on many draft boards.
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According to a report on USAToday.com, "A heart specialist who conducted tests on Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei has determined the NFL prospect's heart is functioning normally and his abnormal test at the February Scouting Combine might have been due to a viral infection."For the 6'2", 315-pound defensive tackle, that is great news. For opposing offensive...
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