UMass tight end Jean Sifrin performs in front of NFL scouts at Pro Day

By Andrew Cyr

(Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

(Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

Although many players from multiple schools at all levels across New England participated in the Massachusetts football team’s Pro Day, there was no question that Jean Sifrin was the attraction that everyone came to see.

Sifrin, a 6-foot-5, 242-pound tight end, participated in a series of drills for NFL scouts on Monday, including the bench press, 40-yard dash, three-cone drill, broad jump and vertical leap test before doing individual position drills.

Sifrin is one of the most unique prospects in the draft given his age (27), which will potentially land him a spot in the late rounds of the draft (rounds 5-7). Although there is a possibility he may not get drafted, it is fairly certain that he will get an opportunity to impress teams in camp as an undrafted free agent. On Monday, Sifrin recorded a 31-inch vertical leap, had a broad jump score of 9.10 feet and improved his 40-yard-dash time to an unofficial time of 4.75 seconds, an improvement from the 4.84 time he ran at the NFL Draft Combine in February.

After choosing not to perform in the bench press at the combine, Sifrin finished with 15 reps of 225 pounds Monday.

“I didn’t get to bench at the combine so I already knew that I had to do at least 15 being a tight end and I was able to do that today,” Sifrin said. “The feedback that I really got was about my 40 time. I got a 4.8 at the combine, and I know today was a little better so I’m hoping that’s good enough to open some eyes.”

Sifrin ended the afternoon by running routes and catching passes from current quarterbacks coach Liam Coen where he was 18-for-20 on balls thrown his direction.

Throughout the day, camera crews from both Bleacher Report and Esquire followed Sifrin and his 7-year-old son who was in attendance. It was another sign of the increased interest in UMass’ unorthodox prospect.

“I don’t mind being followed. It’s just another day,” Sifrin said. “I’m not saying I’m used to it, but it’s been fun.

“It’s not nerve-wracking. I’m really patient so it’s not bothering me much. I’m just waiting to get to the team I’m going to play for.”

Now that Pro Day is over, Sifrin plans on returning home to Miami where he can train and work out for individual teams. Sifrin said that his agent has been in talks with multiple teams and has workouts with the Miami Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts lined up.

At the end of the day, no matter how well Sifrin measures up against the other prospects in the draft, his age and lack of experience in college football will likely be the deciding factor on whether a team wants to take a shot on him in the draft or not.

“I’m getting a lot of attention. I knew that coming out, especially with my age,” he said. “The attention that I am getting, I’m getting negative attention because I am older and because I did run a 4.8, so it’s been good and bad.

“Teams just see me as an older player, that’s all. There’s nothing different from me and the guy that is in the NFL now who’s playing at the same age. He just has more experience playing in the system than I do.”

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