A new CBSSports.com report indicates that the NFL is considering banning players who are academicically ineligible from participating in the draft combine.
Amid increased scrutiny over the maturity of prospects entering the NFL, the report says, league is considering enforcing stricter standards when it comes to admitting players to the annual event in Indianapolis.
According to CBSSports.com, had the policy been in place this year, a "sizable group of players" would not have been invited to the combine.
The NFL is still considering the policy, and there are some major hurdles impeding its implementation, but it's not hard to see why the league is struggling with an image problem. The rate for offseason arrests is up 75 percent this year. A quick glance at the U-T San Diego database of NFL player arrests suggests that four of the six most recently arrested players have been 25 or under (Aaron Hernandez, Joe Lefeged, Ausar Walcott and Evan Rodriguez).