Missouri edge-rusher Shane Ray has long been considered a lock to be drafted in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, but according to a Thursday morning report by Lance Zierlein of Sports Talk 790, that might no longer be the case.
Zierlein said Thursday that sources have told him that Ray might need toe surgery that would require a five month recovery time and because of that, he believes the Missouri linebacker could drop out of the first round.
Ray, who was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year after leading the SEC with 14.5 sacks, had to sit out the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine due to a hyper-extended toe injury that he reportedly suffered during Missouri’s bowl game. He did do everything at his pro day, however, but those results weren’t what many expected them to be.
Should Ray indeed drop out of the first round, that’s one less player that will go off the board prior to the Pittsburgh Steelers 22nd overall selection that many believed would.