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Ravens taking a close look at injured prospects

Gresham, Thomas and Gronkowski are on team’s draft radar

April 17, 2010|By Jamison Hensley | The Baltimore Sun

NFLDraftScout.com recently reported that an NFL scout had confirmed that Gronkowski has been "red-flagged" by teams due to stenosis, a narrowing of the spine that can cause numbness and leave a person prone to paralysis.

His agent denied the report.

"Every team I have talked to says there are no concerns about his back," agent Drew Rosenhaus said. "He passed his physical at the combine. There are no red flags on him. He is ready to go. The back is not a factor. There's no issue."

Gronkowski boosted his draft status with an impressive Pro Day. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.65 seconds and only had two drops in pass-catching drills.

Now, once the players are done with the drills and the medical tests, the Ravens must go to work. Ultimately, the decision boils down to this: Do these players pass or do they fail?

"Ozzie has made a living drafting players with injuries," one insider told The Sporting News. "If Demaryius Thomas or Rob Gronkowski are sitting there, they may not get past Baltimore."

jamison.hensley@baltsun.com

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