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NFL Reverses Field on Weslye Saunders

Posted on: February 14, 2011 5:19 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2011 5:20 pm

Former South Carolina tight end Weslye Saunders will, indeed, be eligible for the 2011 NFL draft after the NFL overturned their previous decision to deny him entry.

Saunders had multiple run-ins and suspensions with South Carolina coaches during his time in Columbia before being suspended and then dismissed by the school in August 2010. That suspension did not even come as a result of his part in a NCAA investigation involving agents last summer.

Saunders and his people did not file the paperwork to be included in this year's draft, likely because they figured he was a fifth-year senior and not among the many underclassmen looking at early entry. But since Saunders could have returned to college football in 2011, whether to USC or a lower-division school, the NFL initially ruled Saunders had additional eligibility remaining, thus the need for him to apply as a early entrant.

Scouts consider him talented but would rather not use a high pick on a player with his track record of suspensions. Some teams will not have him on their boards at all, but his 6-6, 270-pound frame and receiving ability, could entice a team to select him in the fifth-to-seventh rounds.

--Contributed by Senior Analyst Chad Reuter


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