Just a week before the NFL Draft, it’s been revealed that Justin Fields has been managing epilepsy, a condition that can cause seizures.
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported that Fields has confirmed his condition with NFL teams throughout the draft process, but it has not affected his ability on the field. He is also expected to outgrow the condition as his family members have in their 20s.
“Sources say team medical staffs have discussed Fields’ treatment plan and whether any events during his NFL career, such as a concussion, could put him at greater risk. But Fields has no documented absences from games during a college career in which he was a Heisman Trophy finalist and two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, leading the Buckeyes to a national championship game appearance this past January.”
Fields is unanimously projected to be selected in the first round, possibly as high as the No. 3 overall pick to the San Francisco 49ers.