Jeremiah Masoli and the NFL supplemental draft

If I were a NFL GM (and God willing someday I will be, thanks to my extensive sports blogging experience) there isn’t enough booze in an Irish pub to get me drunk enough to select former Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli in July’s supplemental draft.

Despite having one year of eligibility remaining, The Oregonian reported earlier this week that Masoli is expected to enter the supplemental draft. This news comes three weeks after the University of Oregon football program booted him off the team following his second legal incident in six months.

In March, Masoli and fellow genius Garrett Embry pled guilty to second-degree burglary after they robbed a campus frat house for two laptop computers and a guitar in late January. Oregon suspended Masoli for the entire 2010 season, although stated that if stayed out of trouble, he could return to the football team for his final year of eligibility in 2011.

But in early June, Masoli was charged with possession of marijuana, driving with a suspended license and failure to stop at a driveway or a sidewalk. Head coach Chip Kelly had no choice but to kick him off the team entirely following that incident, which brings us to our current situation.

If his brain weren’t made of cow dung, Masoli would transfer to another program – any program – and play out his final year of eligibility before trying his hand at the NFL. He needs structure right now and another year to prove to pro scouts that he isn’t a complete imbecile. He could transfer, play his final year at a smaller college, prove himself both on and off the field and then have a better shot at making the NFL in a year.

What he doesn’t need is the rejection of not being selected in the supplemental draft. As it stands right now, I don’t know any GM in their right mind (Al Davis is never in his right mind, so he’s automatically exempt from this discussion) that would waste a future draft pick on someone that can’t behave. I’m all for giving people second chances, but they at least have to show that they’re willing to learn from their mistakes so they don’t repeat them.

Masoli hasn’t done that. He’s followed up one mistake with another, and then another, and then another. He hasn’t proven that he can follow the law, let alone learn a pro offense, playbook and develop what it takes to make a NFL roster. Furthermore, he may not have the arm strength or accuracy to survive in the NFL either.

Some players are worth the risk, but I’d pass in this case. For all of his gifted athletic ability, Masoli comes up way short in the character department.

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