Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Bo Pelini had to be the bearer of some very bad news on Wednesday when he let everyone know that star defensive lineman Jared Crick would miss the rest of the season with a torn pectoral.
Crick’s stock was falling already after a slightly pedestrian start to the 2011 campaign, and this will likely cause him to fall even further on draft boards, especially due to the nature of the injury. A torn pectoral is absolutely devastating for a defensive lineman, much like a torn achilles for a receiver or running back. Crick has to rely on his upper body to move offensive linemen out of the way, so he could potentially start of his NFL career on the physically unable to perform list.
Due to that unfortunate reality, Crick may not be able to participate in offseason workouts like the Senior Bowl and potentially even the NFL Scouting Combine fully with this type of an injury, as it is really not something you can mess around with and risk re-aggravating.
Still, as dominant as Crick has been throughout his career, it’s hard to imagine him falling out of the second round but I have seen weirder things happen. He came into the season as the top defensive tackle on our board and has the ability to play in a three or four man front.