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Combine medical test reveals Star Lotulelei has heart condition

Star Lotulelei, Isi Sofele

Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei (92) dives for California running back Isi Sofele (20) in the first quarter during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)


Star Lotulelei, a defensive tackle from Utah who is widely viewed as one of the best players in this year’s draft, was found to have a heart condition when examined at the Scouting Combine.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that Lotulelei’s left ventricle is pumping at 44 percent efficiency, below the normal range of 55 percent to 70 percent. As a result, Lotulelei will leave Indianapolis without going through any workouts.

Lotulelei’s condition was discovered via an echocardiogram conducted as part of the normal Combine medical evaluation. He will now return home to Utah to undergo more tests.

ESPN’s Scouts, Inc. ranks Lotulelei as the No. 1 overall player in this year’s draft, at any position. NFL Network’s Mike Mayock calls Lotulelei the second-best defensive tackle in the draft.