With the NFL draft just around the corner, former Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields has informed teams that he has been diagnosed with epilepsy, per Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.
He was diagnosed with the neurological disorder “as a youth,” per the report, though NFL teams didn’t become aware of it until the pre-draft process.
“Fields has seen his symptoms get shorter and less frequent over time, and he doesn’t have seizures as long as he takes his medicine,” the report read.
How this impacts Fields in the upcoming draft remains to be seen. He is currently projected as a first-round selection.
Teams do want to know whether his condition would return in force, should Fields suffer a concussion or other strong blows to the head. That said, they also seem to be aware that Fields has managed to avoid any issues during his college career. He earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and became a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. Fields also led the Buckeyes to the national championship game this past season, which they lost to Alabama.
As of now, it appears Fields will still be in play for the No. 3 overall pick, which belongs to the San Francisco 49ers.