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Woeful Weslye Saunders Now Draft Eligible

It looks like Woeful Weslye Saunders will enter the 2011 NFL Draft after all.  Yesterday, reported that the NFL announced that the former University of South Carolina tight end is eligible to be selected, changing its former stance of disallowing the player from being a part of the draft after he failed to file paperwork necessary for all football players who sit out their senior seasons yet want to retain draft eligibility.

This is certainly good news for Saunders and his agent Butch Williams, but I bet that it will not halt rival agents from throwing the mishap in Saunders’ face, hoping that he may eventually find himself on our “On To The Next One” feature.  Furthermore, we still have no explanation for why Saunders has declined his official invite to the NFL Scouting Combine.  He better hope that he has a stellar Pro Day, because it will be his only opportunity to prove his skills in front of all NFL scouts at the same time.

Update (3:03 p.m.) – Butch Williams has just informed me that Weslye Saunders will, in fact, be participating at the NFL Scouting Combine.  Williams claims that Saunders never turned down his invitation, but that it was rescinded when the NFL initially declared Saunders ineligible for the NFL Draft.  Now that he is draft eligible, he has once again been offered the opportunity to participate in the Combine.  He is scheduled to report with the rest of the Tight Ends.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.

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