NORMAN — Former Oklahoma defensive end Frank Alexander was unable to take part in the on-field portion of the NFL Combine due to a previously undiagnosed heart condition, he said Monday on Twitter.
He said that he does not believe the condition is career-threatening.
Alexander said Sunday night that he would not participate in drills Monday, the day designated for defensive linemen and linebackers.
But Alexander initially did not indicate a reason. He responded to someone’s inquiry the following day, saying, “I had a heart condition I didn’t know (about).”
Prospects undergo a battery of medical tests as a part of the Combine. Several fans asked Alexander whether he would be able to pursue an NFL career, and he said yes.
“Minor setback for a major comeback!” Alexander tweeted Sunday night. “Gotta keep my head and keep on pressing #Godisgood.”
It’s unclear if he will be ready for OU’s March 14 Pro Day.
Alexander emerged in 2011 as the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound senior collected 54 tackles, including a league-high 19 for a loss – 8 1/2 of them sacks.
The Baton Rouge, La., native was one of seven former Sooners in Indianapolis for the showcase event.
Cornerback Jamell Fleming was the only former OU player to participate in Tuesday’s drills for defensive backs. The Arlington, Texas, native had a terrific day. Fleming’s 10.75-second time in the 60-yard shuttle run was the best in years at the Combine, regardless of position. His 3.97-second time in the 20-yard shuttle was tied for fourth among all participants in 2012.
Fleming was also among the top defensive backs in the broad jump (10 feet, 5 inches) and bench press (23 repetitions). He ran a swift 4.43-second 40-yard dash unofficially, but the official time wound up being a tenth slower.
Regardless, Fleming did a lot Tuesday to enhance his stock. He was already considered a potential second-day pick, perhaps as early as the second round. He could be one of the top cornerbacks in the draft and perhaps the first Sooner off the board.