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Montel Harris could enter NFL supplemental draft

Emerald Bowl - Boston College v USC

SAN FRANCISCO - DECEMBER 26: C.J. Gable #2 of the Boston College Eagles runs against the USC Trojans during the 2009 Emerald Bowl at AT&T Park on December 26, 2009 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

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Days after the conclusion of the regular NFL draft, we have a candidate for this summer’s supplemental draft: Montel Harris, the all-time leading rusher at Boston College who was kicked off the team today.

Harris has already been on the Boston College team for four seasons and was only still in school because he was granted a medical redshirt year by the NCAA after a knee injury cut short his senior season last year. The school said Harris was dismissed for a repeated violation of team rules but did not say what those team rules were.

In 40 career games at Boston College, Harris has carried 787 times for 3,735 yards and 27 touchdowns. The 5-foot-10, 207-pound Harris is a talented athlete who looks like he’d be capable of playing in the NFL, although teams will surely be concerned about his history of knee injuries (which also cut short his 2010 season), and about whatever team rule he has repeatedly violated.

The NFL’s supplemental draft takes place in the summer and typically includes a handful of players whose eligibility changed at some point after the January deadline to declare for the regular April draft. Teams who choose a player in the supplemental draft give up a corresponding pick in the next year’s regular draft.