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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NFL did not hold its yearly scouting combine, giving teams the chance to see, test and interview draft prospects all in one place.
One part of the NFL combine that is very important to NFL teams is having medical exams for the prospects, so the league still organized medical checks in Indianapolis.
One player who could be under consideration for the 16th overall pick by the Arizona is Miami pass rusher Jaelan Phillips. However, he missed his medical check last week because of a positive test for COVID-19, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
#Miami DE Jaelan Phillips, whose impressive Pro Day has him rising up draft boards, was not in Indy last week for medical evaluations because he tested positive for COVID-19, source said, though he’ll receive his physical with plenty of time prior to Draft night.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 12, 2021
With the NFL draft more than two weeks away, there is still time. Phillips is one of the top pass rusher prospects in the draft. Without the medical checks, it would be hard for the Cardinals to select him with their pick, especially considering the fact he suffered two concussions in less than a year when he was at UCLA.
But Rapoport says that he will be able to have his physical in plenty of time.