CFL all-star DB Tre Roberson begins packed NFL workout tour in San Francisco

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CFL all-star defensive back Tre Roberson has started his double-digit NFL team tour.

Nearly half of the 32 franchises want to work Roberson out. He went through his first session with the San Francisco 49ers on Monday. His agent Cameron Weiss ‘raised hell‘ with both pro football leagues to allow his client the chance to sign an NFL contract.

The 27-year-old was Calgary’s nominee for the league’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player award after a stellar 2019 season. He ranked second in the CFL with seven interceptions and scored two touchdowns – one on an interception return and one on a fumble recovery. He had 12 knockdowns – the third-highest total in the CFL – as well as 41 tackles. In 32 career regular season games over two seasons with Calgary, Roberson recorded 95 tackles and 10 interceptions.

Coming out of Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis, Roberson was named Indiana’s Mr. Football. During his NCAA career, Roberson was a quarterback at the University of Indiana and Illinois State University. He totalled 7,879 passing yards, 68 touchdowns versus 30 interceptions and rushed 500 times for 2788 yards and 32 touchdowns — 5.6 yards per carry.

For his NFL pro day in 2016, Roberson switched to DB and went unselected in the 2016 NFL draft. However, the Minnesota Vikings signed him to an undrafted free agent contract. He made five tackles and knocked down one pass in three pre-season games and spent the 2016 season on the practice squad. The following year Roberson was released after training camp and he came north in May 2018.

Roberson is a dynamic cover man who tracks the ball at an elite level and NFL teams have taken notice of the highly skilled defensive back.

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