Rising star CFL receiver Reggie Begelton books six NFL workouts

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Rising star receiver Reggie Begelton has booked workouts with six NFL teams.

Begelton is trying to parlay a breakout CFL season into an NFL contract. He has sessions scheduled with the Minnesota Vikings, Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Giants, Arizona Cardinals and Green Bay Packers.

The 26-year-old put up 1,444 receiving yards (third most in the league) and 10 touchdowns on 102 catches — earning Calgary’s Most Outstanding Player award. His first two years with the Stampeders combined Begelton caught 47 balls for 792 yards and two majors. He nearly doubled those totals in each category during the 2019 season.

Eric Rogers posted 87 receptions for 1,448 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2015 and he was highly sought by NFL teams. Rogers signed a two-year, $1.19-million deal that off-season with the San Francisco 49ers, who guaranteed Rogers $225,000 ($125,000 signing bonus and $100,000 base salary). That was the largest guarantee for a CFL player since the Miami Dolphins gave former B.C. Lions star defensive end Cameron Wake a $1-million signing bonus in 2008.

The Beaumont, Texas native walked on at Lamar University. Over four seasons with the Cardinals, Begelton caught 227 passes for 2,435 yards and 20 touchdowns. He left the program as the all-time leader in receptions and yards, second in touchdowns.

During his pro day in front of scouts from the Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders, Los Angeles Rams and New York Giants, Begelton recorded a 4.53 40-yard time and 39.5-inch vertical. After going unselected in the 2016 NFL draft and sitting on the sidelines the entire year, Begelton signed with the Stamps in May 2017.

The 2019 CFL all-star has drawn lots of NFL interest. Begelton stands six-foot-two, 205 pounds and catches the ball well. Even when Bo Levi Mitchell was sidelined due to a pectoral injury, Begelton remained productive — NFL franchises are sure to like Begelton being QB-proof.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.