Despite being diagnosed with a rare heart condition, the New York Giants were convinced that selecting safety Cooper Taylor in the fifth round of this year's draft was worth the risk.
Taylor found out in 2009 that he had Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome (WPWS), a rare condition that affects the electrical pathways in the heart.
Taylor had an operation to repair the problem the day after being diagnosed. It was included in an extensive medical report that Taylor made available to teams, but the Giants were not scared off from it.
"A lot of teams wanted to make sure that I had all the doctors' records," Taylor told the New York Daily News. "So I was travelling with a stack of notes and papers that I had from the best doctors in Atlanta and whoever I was seeing up in Richmond when I transferred that said the heart pathways have been fixed and there should be no other problems. So any team that needed it, I had that information right there for them."
After examining his medical files, the Giants did not consider Taylor a medical risk.
Taylor was diagnosed with WPWS after a game his sophomore year while with Georgia Tech. His heart rate jumped, he got dizzy and then passed out.
Taylor also had several injuries after he transferred to Richmond, including knee sprains and broken bones. He also missed much of the 2010 season with a "heat-related illness" that Taylor insists was not related to his former heart condition.
Now, Taylor hopes to land a spot on the Giants roster with his heart problems behind him.