29 NFL teams attend impressive pro day for Argos’ DB Qwan’tez Stiggers

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Toronto Argonauts cornerback Qwan’tez Stiggers performed for 29 NFL teams at his personal pro day on Friday.

Per sources, the reigning CFL Most Outstanding Rookie measured in at five-foot-11 and 204 pounds, with a 73 3/8-inch wingspan, 30 7/8-inch arms, and 8 7/8-inch hands. He posted a 36.5-inch vertical jump and 10-foot, eight-inch broad jump while running 4.47 in the forty-yard dash. He also posted a 4.25 short shuttle and 7.20 three-cone on a wet field.

Stiggers’ forty would have tied for the 15th fastest time among cornerbacks at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, while his broad jump would have been 12th. No other players performed at the event, with all the attention directed at the CFL star.

Only the Los Angeles Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Cincinnati Bengals failed to send a representative to watch the workout at B.E.S.T. Academy high school in Atlanta, Ga., though the Bengals are reportedly one of 10 teams scheduled to bring the prospect in for a Top 30 visit. The Atlanta Falcons sent two evaluators and at least three NFL DB coaches were in attendance.

Stiggers did not play college football due to personal reasons and 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, where he impressed scouts and onlookers.

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.

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

J.C. Abbott is a University of British Columbia graduate and high school football coach. He covers the CFL, B.C. Lions, CFL Draft and the three-down league's Global initiative.