Montreal native Benjamin St-Juste performed well at the University of Minnesota pro day on Thursday.
Over 50-plus NFL personnel were in attendance representing 31 NFL teams, the only team not there live was the Los Angeles Rams. Two general managers made the trip, Brian Gutekunst from the Green Bay Packers, and Jon Robinson from the Tennessee Titans.
The six-foot-three, 205-pound defender ran a 4.51 forty-yard dash, which is impressive for his size. Only one defensive back at the 2020 NFL Combine was St-Juste’s height or taller: Southern Illinois safety Jeremy Chin, who was a second-round pick of the Carolina Panthers.
St-Juste also ran a 6.63 three-cone and 3.96 shuttle, both of which are considered better than average. His rare combination of size, speed, and athleticism should ensure that he gets selected in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft.
“I’m very happy about the whole day, I had fun, that was the most important thing about what I wanted to accomplish,” St-Juste said in a videoconference.
“Combine’s over, it’s time to play football now.”
St-Juste started his post-secondary career at Cegep du Vieux in 2016 before transferring to the University of Michigan. He was there for two years before heading to Minnesota as a grad transfer where he played two seasons.
In total, St-Juste dressed for 30 games in the Big 10 and recorded 62 total tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and 13 knockdowns. He was an All-Big Ten Honorable Mention in 2019, which helped draw the attention of NFL scouts.
“When I get drafted they’ll be a lot more work to be done to have an instant impact as a rookie in the NFL and come out of it with a great career,” St-Juste said.