Apr 13th 2011
REPORT: TCU OT Marcus Cannon Diagnosed With Cancer
Some horrible news was leaked in NFL circles today regarding second-round prospect Marcus Cannon of TCU. According to the sources, Cannon has testicular cancer, but it is treatable if dealt with soon. It looks like to news of his cancer is causing him to drop down draft boards according to Josh Buchanon of JBScouting.com. It is a very scary and sad situation for Cannon.
Cannon is currently the 6th rated offensive tackle by NFL Draft Scout.
“TFY Draft Insider is also reporting that the report is untrue, but did note that Cannon had a benign tumor detected in 2006 that has been cleared by doctors that all NFL teams are aware of.
Per the report, Cannon wasn’t asked to go to the combine for a medical recheck.
A source with knowledge of the situation also said that reports that Cannon hasn’t been going on visits or participating in workouts are also untrue.
Per the source, Cannon has anywhere from eight to 12 workouts or visits, including teams from the NFC North, AFC East and NFC East. Cannon’s agency makes it a policy to not disclose clients’ workouts or visits.’
A source said that Cannon was upset by the reports."
Spirals galore has driven a stake through the heart of this spurious and heinous yellow journalism:
"Per a source with knowledge of the situation, an expedited biopsy performed today confirmed that the mass, which has been present for years, is benign. A letter will be sent by the doctor to all teams within the next 24-to-48 hours explaining the situation."
Marcus Cannon is a supremely athletic and strong offensive lineman, especially for a player of his size. A redshirt senior, Cannon has started 37 games in his career at TCU, 13 at left tackle and 24 at right. He has the versatility to play multiple positions on the offensive line, which will attract NFL teams. The key for Cannon will be finding his best fit at the next level.
I believe he will get a shot to play right tackle, and best case scenario he becomes a solid prospect at that position. What’s great about Cannon, however, is I believe that if it doesn’t work out at right tackle he can become an elite guard in the NFL. He has the type of size, strength and athleticism that could make him a dominant interior lineman for years to come. He is an intriguing prospect whose size/strength/athleticism combo warrants early consideration. Look for Cannon to be drafted somewhere in the second round.