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.