This just isn’t Greg Romeus‘ year.
Had Romeus entered the 2010 draft he likely would have been a 2nd or 3rd round pick (the grade given to him by the NFL Draft advisory committee) and possibly could have slipped into the late 1st round.
But Romeus decided to return for his senior year in hopes of solidifying himself as a 1st-round pick.
After undergoing back surgery earlier this season, his stock plummeted. But he made a speedy recovery and was back on the field by early November.
This past weekend, however, Romeus tore his ACL. Ending his senior year.
At this point, Romeus has little to no chance of coming off the board before the 4th round. And, assuming he’s unable to workout before April’s draft, it’s possible he won’t be drafted at all. His availability for the 2011 NFL season is very much in doubt, making it hard to justify drafting a player that you know may spend the year on the IR.
It will be interesting to see where Romeus ends up, because someone will take a chance on him, even if only as an undrafted free agent.
It’s safe to say everyone will be rooting for him to fully recovery and eventually make his way onto a NFL roster.