Injuries among scouts' concerns about Pike 

October, 21, 2009
10/21/09
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Cincinnati QB Tony Pike is a perfect example of how the draft process can be a roller coaster. After stepping into the starting role part of the way through the 2008 season, Pike was very much off the radar heading into this campaign. Early on this year, his efficient play helped his stock soar. However, a few recent developments could bring his stock back to Earth.

The first, and most obvious, issue is the recent injury Pike suffered to his left wrist. It's a recurring problem that concerns NFL scouts. He previously had a plate inserted into his wrist, and now he's having surgery to have that plate realigned. Pike is going to have to undergo extensive medical examinations and physicals for this not to affect his draft value.