Over the next several weeks, we'll look at how injuries have impacted NFL Draft prospects. No player this year has had his draft standing torpedoed more than Pittsburgh's Greg Romeus.
After the 2009 season, Romeus looked as good as current first round locks Cameron Heyward and Adrian Clayborn. He powered his way to eight sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss. His efforts earned him Big East co-Defensive Player of the Year honors. Although he had some questions about his effort and stamina, Romeus still projected as a player who could be drafted in the first two rounds.
Now, Greg Romeus could be this year's Greg Hardy. Once a top prospect, injury and effort questions cost Hardy millions in the draft as he fell to the Panthers in the sixth round.
On Saturday, Romeus tore a ligament in his knee. Romeus needed back surgery earlier this season and missed seven games. Both are incredibly serious injuries for an NFL player, let alone a prospect a team has to gamble on.
Now, Romeus could be lucky to hear his name called before the third round. Whether or not Romeus can participate in a postseason all-star game is unclear.