Local NFL hopefuls perform at college pro days

NCAA Football

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Players who got their start in West Michigan pulled out all the stops at college pro days Wednesday, hoping to improve their stock for the upcoming NFL draft.

The player from our region with the best chance of getting drafted is Tyree Jackson, a former standout a Mona Shores and lately the quarterback at the University of Buffalo. With scouts from 30 NFL teams watching, he completed 49 of 54 passes with one drop at Buffalo’s pro day.

He’s projected to go in the sixth or seven through of the draft, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted Wednesday morning that Jackson’s strong arm could earn him an earlier pick.

All 32 teams sent scouts to Northwestern’s pro day, which featured nine players. One of them was Grand Rapids Christian alum Tommy Doles (the son of 24 Hour News 8 sports director Jack Doles), a three-year starter at right guard for the Wildcats.

Unofficial stats put Doles’ 40-yard dash at 5.03 seconds and his broad jump at 9 feet. He did 21 reps with 225 pounds on the bench press.

“It’s a great opportunity,” Doles said of the pro day experience. “I think something we always worked on at Northwestern was preparing yourself the way that when you come to the competition, when you come to the moment where the pressure is on, you can fall on the training you’ve been doing the whole time. So it’s really just resorting to the training we’ve been doing for the past nine weeks. So it was a lot of fun — come out there and cut it loose.”

Also at Northwestern was Tyler Sigler, who played at Jenison and Grand Rapids Christian in high school before starring at Wheaton College. He was among 10 players invited to go through position drills with the Northwestern players.

Few Division III players make the jump to the NFL, but Sigler isn’t giving up on the dream.

“Honestly we’ll see what opportunities come up,” he said. “Obviously, the goal is to play in the NFL. We’ll see what the Lord has in store for the next six weeks, eight weeks and go from there.”

The NFL draft runs April 25 to April 27.

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