Further to the article linked below, the East-West Shrine Bowl was played on Thursday night & it is a 100% certainty that the Toronto A#&%$ will need to replace Qwan’tez Stiggers in their defensive backfield . . . this is about the one that got away . . .
For those who watched the game (or for those who will watch a replay on the NFL Network) they will have watched Stiggers put some good skills on tape as he was rotated in & out of the lineup in this All-Star type game.
But in addition to that, the NFL Network included a feature on Stiggers at the start of the 4th Q where they recounted his unconventional journey to the NFL Draft. After highlighting his story, the announcers mentioned that NFL Scouts are saying that Stiggers’ technique stood out during the week of practice for the Shrine Bowl, and they noted that this is clearly a result of playing a full year of Pro Ball in the CFL. In other words, his development has been accelerated by playing against grown men in the CFL, while the other draft-eligible players spent the last 2 or 3 years honing their craft against other 18, 19 & 20 year old football players (albeit super-athletic & highly recruited football players).
In addition to this, the announcers noted that the University of Georgia football team has agreed to allow Qwan’tez Stiggers to participate in their Pro Day in advance of the NFL Draft. That Pro Day will be attended by Scouts (& coaches) from every team in the NFL. Needless to say, young Mr. Stiggers is not “flying under the radar” as the Draft approaches.
It’s been nice knowing you Qwan’tez . . . good luck in the NFL.
PS: I predict he will get drafted on Day 3 of the NFL Draft (Round Nos. 4 thru 7) & will make some team’s 53 man roster as a rookie (barring injury of course). He will initially contribute on ST’s in his rookie season, as he tries to carve out a role for himself in the defensive backfield.
This kid has a very good shot at experiencing much success in the NFL !!