Arizona's Juron Criner, NFLDraftScout.com's No. 7-rated senior wide receiver, reportedly has an undisclosed medical issue that could put his 2011 season in jeopardy. It was first reported by The Arizona Republic, and could have a domino effect on multiple Wildcats who have their eyes set on the 2012 NFL Draft.
Criner considered leaving school a year earlier after catching 82 passes for 1,233 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior, often playing through nagging injuries. He's a deep threat who can rack up yards after the catch. The Republic contacted the Arizona sports information office regarding Criner, which said “We are unable to comment,” citing student privacy guidelines.
If Criner indeed is sidelined next season, it will also have a major impact on Nick Foles, NDS' fifth-rated senior quarterback who needs a very strong campaign to help boost his stock with a strong influx of junior quarterbacks expected to be available next spring - including Andrew Luck, Landry Jones and Matt Barkley.
It also wouldn't do any favors to the draft stock of running back Keola Antolin, NDS' No. 33-rated senior running back who benefits from Criner's ability to stretch the defense.
--Derek Harper, NFLDraftScout.com Executive Editor