CFL Most Outstanding Rookie Qwan’tez Stiggers to hold NFL pro day on March 15

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Qwan’tez Stiggers will hold his NFL pro day on Friday, March 15, per his agent Fred Lyles. The event will be held at B.E.S.T. Academy in Atlanta, Ga., the high school he attended prior to directly entering the professional ranks.

The six-foot, 197-pound defensive back signed with the Toronto Argonauts this past off-season following a standout performance in the Fan Controlled Football League. He earned a starting spot at cornerback with the Boatmen and played 15 games, recording 53 defensive tackles, three special teams tackles, and five interceptions. He was named an East Division all-star and became the first defensive back to be named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie since 1998.

The 22-year-old remains under contract with Toronto for next season, though sources have indicated that the team plans to release him if he’s selected in the upcoming NFL draft. In the meantime, he’s been granted permission to engage with NFL teams during the pre-draft process and recently attended the East-West Shrine Bowl all-star game.

If selected, Stiggers would be the fourth player in the common era to be drafted into the NFL with no collegiate experience. The last player drafted directly from the CFL was Argonauts defensive tackle Jermaine Haley, who was taken in the seventh round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins.

It’s clear that NFL teams are paying close attention to Stiggers as he recently earned a top 30 predraft visit with the Detroit Lions, which is slated for March 7 and 8.

The 2024 NFL Draft will take place in Detroit, Mich. from April 25 to 27.

John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.