Eric DeCosta, director of player personnel for the Ravens, says team doctors red-flagged 15 players who were chosen in the first three rounds of the draft last weekend.
"Our doctors are very conservative," DeCosta said in an interview on the Sports with Coleman show on 1370 AM on Monday. "They failed 15 players that were drafted in the first two days."
DeCosta's point was that those doctors didn't fail Texas pass rusher Sergio Kindle, despite the fact he's had four procedures on his right knee. Kindle had first-round grades and was the consensus top outside linebacker/hybrid in the draft, but fell to the Ravens with the 43rd pick.
ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. said Tuesday that he called some teams once Kindle started falling to see why. Kiper concluded the reason was medical. "Several players went in the high part of the first round that some teams had taken off their board," he said. "There were some players some teams wouldn't have touched. ... There was not a consensus on Kindle one way or the other, but to get him where they did was a real good choice."
At least four players taken in the first round were coming off significant injuries -- tight end Jermaine Gresham (knee, Bengals), wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (foot, Broncos) and running back Jahvid Best (concussion, Lions). Tight end Rob Gronkowski, who went to the Patriots in the second round, missed the 2009 season with a back injury. And there was also speculation that Kyle Wilson, considered by some to be the best cornerback in the draft, slipped to the Jets with the 29th pick because of medical concerns.