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Syracuse WR Sales, a legitmate prospect, arrested

Posted on: August 6, 2011 12:44 pm
 
Last year former Syracuse wide receiver Mike Williams turned in the finest rookie season we've seen in the NFL since Randy Moss exploded onto the scene in 1998. Scouts knew Williams could play. He had been graded as a potential first round pick by some scouts prior to his senior season with the Orange and thus, his rookie statistics (65 catches for 964 yards and 11 touchdowns) were not the huge surprise in the scouting community than you might expect considering Williams fell to the fourth round of the 2010 draft.

He fell to that point because of a myriad of off-field problems.

A former teammate of Williams -- current Syracuse senior receiver Marcus Sales -- can only hope he'll be as fortunate after an arrest July 29 for felony drug possession, among other things.

Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone announced during the media day yesterday that he'd suspended his starting receiver for the arrest, though he stopped short of providing many specifics.
"When there's further information, I will definitely let you know. I've always done that. That's my policy," coach Doug Marrone said at Friday's media day. "We have a legal process that everything has to go through. We also have a judicial process that everything has to go through."
Sales' numbers last season weren't nearly as impressive as the ones that Williams had produced. In fact, prior to the last year's Pinstripe Bowl victory over Kansas State, Sales had only caught 21 passes for 242 yards and a single touchdown. It was Sales breakout performance against the Wildcats that no doubt caught the attention of scouts, however. Sales was virtually unstoppable in the bowl game, catching five passes for 172 yards and three touchdowns in earning easy MVP honors.

News of Sales' arrest and subsequent suspension have the 'Cuse receiver tumbling down NFLDraftScout.com's wide receiver rankings. He's currently our No. 94 rated receiver potentially available for the 2012 draft, despite the fact that he was viewed by some scouts as a potential late-round pick entering the season. NFLDraftScout.com's ranking include underclassmen.

Sales and his older brother, Michael Sales, Jr. were arrested after the car Marcus was driving was pulled over for running a red light. Inside the car, police reported finding an open container of alcohol, as well as several bags of marijuana, a bag of 180 Lortab tablets and several digital scales, according to this very detailed report from Jim O'Hara of The Post-Standard and Syracuse.com. The brothers have been charged with fifth- and seventh- degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second- degree criminally using drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of marijuana. Marcus, as the driver, was also charged with running the red light, consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle and having an open container inside a vehicle. 

Sales clearly has bigger concerns at this point than worrying about his potential NFL stock. Should he, however, be able to resume his football career, pro scouts will just as obviously want to investigate the matter further before considering adding him to their roster.
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