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Tag:Jeremiah Masoli
Posted on: July 8, 2010 1:03 pm
 

League source: Only 4 players in Supplemental

Contrary to previous reports, Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli did not fill out the necessary paperwork to be included in the NFL's July 15 Supplemental draft, meaning that there is only four players available, according to league sources.

The four are running backs Harvey Unga (BYU), Quentin Castille (Northwestern State, Nebraska transfer) and Vanness Emokpae (Truman State) and defensive tackle Joshua Brent-Price (Illinois).

Of the four, only Unga and Brent-Price are expected to earn serious draft consideration. Unga is viewed as the only "sure" pick; most likely to get selected in rounds 5-7. Brent-Price is athletic, big (6-2, 321 pounds) and plays such a valuable position that sources expect some club to gamble on him in the 7th round.




Posted on: June 24, 2010 10:46 am
 

Masoli a big name, but unworthy of a draft pick

Though he hasn't yet made it official, former Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli is expected to officially make himself eligible for the NFL's Supplemental Draft July 15.

Like most of the prospects who apply, however, Masoli has a very slim chance of actually getting drafted, however.

The myriad of off-field concerns Masoli brings with him is just one reason why scouts I spoke to in recent days expect that every NFL club will elect to pass on the talented, but troubled quarterback.

Masoli was suspended from the team for the entire 2010 season in March for his role in the theft of laptops and a guitar from an Oregon fraternity. He remained on scholarship and practiced with the team, though under the conditions of his agreement with head coach Chip Kelly, Masoli would not have been eligible to play for the Ducks until 2011.

Masoli got himself in further trouble in early June when he was pulled over and cited for marijuana possession and driving infractions. Two days following the citation, Masoli was offiicially kicked off the team.

Masoli's obvious character red-flags, themselves, are enough to pull him off some NFL teams' draft boards. The cold reality is, however, that Masoli's lack of height and downfield accuracy already meant that few teams would be looking at him as a quarterback. While his athleticism was enough to make him Oregon's leading rushing quarterback of all time (1,386 yards), it isn't enough to project him as a wide receiver, running back or safety, according to scouts.

Said one scout, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, "Sure he was productive for [Oregon], but where do you play him in the NFL? He might be listed by the school at 5'11, but he's closer to 5-09... And think again about just moving him to receiver. If he runs faster than the mid 4.6s, I'd be surprised."

Though Masoli and Illinois defensive tackle Joshua Brent-Price (who also hasn't yet officially been deemed eligible) have earned some late attention from teams, it seems that BYU running back Harvey Unga remains the only lock to be drafted this year.
 
 
 
 
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