- May 2, 2012
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Some players are durable. They don't miss more than 20% of their games over 3 or more seasons. Some guys miss even fewer game over even longer periods. While one major injury may be a one time event in an otherwise durable career, it may also prove to be a harbinger of things to come, especially since the NFL game is even more taxing on the body than college. Picking guys who have shown durability is one of the few ways a GM can minimize injuries. While durability shouldn't be the only metric, it should rank high enough so that picking guys with serious injury histories is a rather exceptional situation for high draft picks, even after they get "healthy" again for the combine. Gute appeared to throw caution to the wind. A case in point was Justin Harrel. He had health issues in college and never stayed healthy long enough in the pros to do much. If you want to roll the dice on guys who are supposedly past their injury problems, it may be a better choice to use lower draft picks.
Sorry I personally cannot compare the injury history of Harrell to Musgrave. Harrell was hurt a ton and I believe couldn’t do workouts if I recall correctly right?