CFL draft prospect Michael Herzog to attend local pro day with Detroit Lions

Photo courtesy: Reva Ludwig/Hillsdale College Athletics

Canadian running back Michael Herzog is getting an up-close look from NFL scouts as he’s accepted an invitation to the Detroit Lions’ local pro day on April 9, per sources.

The five-foot-eight, 201-pound ball-carrier was one of the top testers at the recent CFL Combine in Winnipeg, running a 4.55-second forty-yard dash, 6.94-second three-cone drill, 4.20-second shuttle, and leaping a 39-inch vertical and 120-inch broad jump.

The native of Windsor, Ont. finished first in the vertical jump, second in the shuttle, and fourth in the forty-yard dash among the 82 prospects in attendance. He didn’t participate in the bench press due to a nagging injury but indicated to 3DownNation that he would have recorded upwards of 22 reps of 225 pounds.

Local pro days are designed for small-school prospects to get the opportunity to interview and perform for the NFL team closest to their program.

Herzog ran for 2,273 yards and 29 touchdowns over 29 collegiate games at Hillsdale College, a Division II program located 160 kilometres southwest of Detroit in Hillsdale, Mich. He missed the 2021 season due to injury but was named first-team All-Conference in 2022 and a second-team All-American in 2023. He was also a finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy, which is awarded to the top player in Division II football.

The graduate of Holy Names Catholic High School is the younger brother of free agent CFL defensive back Zach Herzog, who also attended Hillsdale College.

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John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.