Tag:Supplemental Draft
Posted on: June 24, 2010 10:46 am
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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.
Posted on: May 25, 2010 6:06 pm
 

BYU RB Unga, suspended, may opt for Supplemental

BYU running back Harvey Unga, the Cougars' career leader with 3,455 yards, was suspended from the team and is contemplating entering this summer's Supplemental NFL Draft, according to league sources.

Unga withdrew from classes at BYU in April after admitting that he'd violated the school's strict honor code. BYU's honor code calls for students to refrain from the use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs, as well as engaging in premarital sex.

Following his withdrawal from classes, Unga re-admitted to the university, but last week the school declined to allow him back in. His career at BYU is over.

Unga, who has earned Mountain West Conference accolades after each of the past three seasons -- including earning MWC Freshman of the Year honors in 2007 -- has limited options if he is to continue his football career.

He can elect to transfer to another college for a year or elect to enter the 2010 supplemental draft.

The supplemental draft was designed for "special case" players who, whether by their choice or not, no longer have collegiate eligibility. Though league sources tell me that the date of this year's supplemental draft has not yet been determined, last year's draft was held on July 16. Only one player -- former Kentucky defensive end Jeremy Jarmon -- was selected last year. The Redskins invested a third round pick in the former All-SEC player. Jarmon finished with 8 tackles, a forced fumble and a pass defensed as a rookie. The year previous the draft was cancelled , as no players applied for consideration.

The 6-0, 237 pound Unga is a powerful back with natural running skills. He has the lateral agility to sidestep tackles and locates holes in the defense. Unga likely would have been a mid round pick in last April's draft had he come out early.

With teams hesitant to give up future picks for prospects in the supplemental draft, Unga could fall lower than the mid rounds should he elect to make himself eligible.

Some team willing to throw the dice, however, could get a powerful addition to their backfield in Unga in time to make an impact in 2010.
 
 
 
 
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