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By PFW staff

Updated 3:20 p.m. ET, Monday, Feb. 14, 2011

South Carolina TE Weslye Saunders, who had been declared ineligible for the NFL draft after reportedly failing to file the necessary paperwork to petition the NFL for inclusion in the draft, now will be eligible for the league's annual selection meeting, the NFL announced Monday.

The paperwork was necessary since Saunders failed to play for South Carolina as a senior. Saunders was suspended indefinitely from the program on Aug. 23 for violating team rules. He was later kicked off the team after it was revealed that he received improper benefits from an agent.

In his last season on the field, Saunders flashed the ability to be a tight end at the next level, catching 32 passes for 353 yards and three touchdowns.

The way we see it

Saunders' character and maturity will be the subject of great scrutiny by NFL teams. While talented, the 6-5, 272-pound Saunders is likely too immature for any team to take a chance on him, according to PFW draft analyst Nolan Nawrocki.

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