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2022 NFL Draft Week Rumors Monday

Updated April 25, 2022
By Charlie Campbell. Follow Charlie on Twitter @draftcampbell.

Draft week is finally here! With the 2022 NFL Draft just three days away, here is some of the chatter that WalterFootball.com is hearing from team sources.

[snipped Jaguars Hutch vs Walker, ownership vs GM story]

Toward the very end of team draft meetings, general managers get the final medical reports from team doctors, which can shake up some draft boards. WalterFootball.com has learned from team sources that some teams have medically flunked Alabama offensive tackle Evan Neal. The exact nature and concern of the medical issue was revealed to Walter Football, but out of respect for Neal's privacy and to maintain the teams' discretion, we won't disclose the details. These medical exams are subjective, however, so while Neal was flunked by some, sources from other teams shared their organizations had given him a passing grade.

Neal is a consensus top-10 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, so if by chance he slides out of the top 10, the reason for will be the medical situation.


 

Another early-round offensive tackle who was flunked medically by some teams and removed from their draft-able board is Central Michigan's Bernhard Raimann. As with Neal, we will respect Raimann's privacy and team discretion to keep quiet on the exact nature. Raimann was a projected second-day pick by teams prior to the the medical reports coming in, and these medical concerns could cause Raimann to slide.


 

A few other players who were flunked medically by some teams were Clemson wide receiver Justyn Ross and Penn State cornerback Tariq Castro-Fields. Michigan State running back Kenneth Walker has some medical red flags, but they were not significant enough to get Walker flunked medically and dropped off boards.


 

Michigan slot cornerback/safety Daxton Hill has been on the bubble of the first round throughout the draft process. Hill might slide to the second day, and a big reason for that would be poor interviews. Team sources from franchises that were excited about Hill said those conversations went so poorly they ruled Hill out. They worry about mental makeup issues and feel taking him in the early rounds is too risky.


 

Another defensive back on the bubble of the opening night of the 2022 NFL Draft is Florida's Kaiir Elam. While Elam really helped offset speed concerns with his combine 40, an issue that is weighing Elam down with teams is terrible tackling. Sources from a handful of teams all say they like Elam's coverage ability and his size, but they feel that he shows a serious and alarming lack of physicality when he tackles. They hate how soft he was as a tackler, and that has been a tough pill to swallow for teams that are in need of cornerback help. Former college teammate C.J. Henderson was viewed as soft and a poor tackler. Henderson has been a big disappointment as a pro and was a bust for the Jaguars as the ninth-overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Teams are worried Elam learned the lack of physicality from Henderson, and that could lead to problems for Elam in the NFL.



 

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4 hours ago, IntoTheGreen said:

They just dont want to get sued for a HIPAA violation more than they give a **** about their privacy. 

Fun fact.  
 

HIPAA does not create a private right of action, so an individual cannot sue someone for disclosing medical information.  It is a regulatory mechanism and the government can enforce it with fines and in rare occasions criminal penalties. 
 

Moreover, HIPAA only applies to “covered entities” and their “business associates”. Covered entities are hospitals, doctors, health insurance companies etc.  business associates would be other entities that the covered entities share the protected health information with. For example, my law firm does work for a number of healthcare providers and because of this work we receive medical records etc.   we are a “business associate” of the hcp so if we disclosed the protected information of their patients, we could be fined by the government, but couldn’t be sued by the individual patient. 

Some states, but not all, recognize certain common law privacy legal theories that an individual can try to sue under, but those are not HIPAA and can be difficult to prove  For example my state, Indiana does not recognize common law privacy legal theories such as “public disclosure of private facts”  

Long story short Walter Football is certainly not a covered entity or business associate of a covered entity so if they disclosed health information of a player they could not be sued by the player or fined by the government. 
 

 

 

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Guys slipping a bunch because of a medical can be real.  Just last year, Trey Smith, RG from Tennessee slipped from being a potential 1st rounder all the way to the 6th round b/c of a blood clotting issue that had caused him to miss games two years in college.  However, though he was totally healthy and played very well his senior year, the concerns caused him to fall.

Some of us here were crying for the Jets to draft him starting around round 4 or so...but KC grabbed him in the 6th round, and he had an excellent rookie year.  He was a perfect fit for the Jets, but I guess they and most of the league totally took him off their boards. 

 

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7 hours ago, jamesr said:

"We'll respect their privacy ..." after rumouring that they had bad medicals?? 🤔

Really. It's  like buying a car that has a funny sounding engine and the mechanic  tells you there is something wrong but we aren't  telling you what it is. 

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5 hours ago, IntoTheGreen said:

They just dont want to get sued for a HIPAA violation more than they give a **** about their privacy. 

They literally can't be sued for a HIPAA violation since HIPAA applies only to covered entities

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1 hour ago, TheClashFan said:

Guys slipping a bunch because of a medical can be real.  Just last year, Trey Smith, RG from Tennessee slipped from being a potential 1st rounder all the way to the 6th round b/c of a blood clotting issue that had caused him to miss games two years in college.  However, though he was totally healthy and played very well his senior year, the concerns caused him to fall.

Some of us here were crying for the Jets to draft him starting around round 4 or so...but KC grabbed him in the 6th round, and he had an excellent rookie year.  He was a perfect fit for the Jets, but I guess they and most of the league totally took him off their boards. 

 

The HOFer Anthony Munoz. Jets Drs failed him and took him off their board….

The rest as they say….

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7 hours ago, IntoTheGreen said:

They just dont want to get sued for a HIPAA violation more than they give a **** about their privacy. 

This is a misconception.  There is no HIPAA violation if Walter Football or any other media entity/organization/person reveals a player's medical condition or history.  Media outlets/organizations are not covered by HIPAA.   Only health plans and health care providers are covered by HIPAA.  ESPN/Walter/The Athletic etc are not health plans or health care providers. They can disclose anything they want/know about a player's health without implicating HIPAA.  They have to be concerned about libel laws and invasion of privacy, but not HIPAA

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