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Jean Sifrin Hoping To Open Eyes At Next Level

Posted Apr 4, 2015

Jean Sifrin understands that some teams will be shy in taking him as a 27-year-old rookie, but the Massachusetts tight end believes he can compete at the NFL level.

University of Massachusetts tight end Jean Sifrin set out to prove that age is just a number during his pro day, as the 27-year-old showed off his versatility and athleticism to several NFL teams. 

University of Massachusetts tight end Jean Sifrin had a goal he wanted to meet before stepping out in front of scouts at the school’s pro day this week.

At 27 years old, Sifrin is the oldest draft prospect this year — and is older than both Jordan Reed and Niles Paul. And the 6-foot-5, 245 pounder played only 11 games at Massachusetts, recording 42 receptions for 542 yards and six touchdowns.

With the lack of experience, and the fact he was born before some of the game’s still rising tight ends, some may be steer clear of Sifrin.

But combining the flashes of potential he showed in his lone season at Massachusetts with numbers he posted at pro day (unofficially, he clocked a 4.75-second 40-yard dash along with a 9-foot-10 broad jump), Sifrin said, “Hopefully he opened a few eyes.”

"Having the combine, it sets a bar. The pro day gives you an amount of time for you to better yourself. I felt like, overall, I did a good job today," he told reporters, via MassLive.com.

Sifrin’s journey to NFL hopeful hasn’t exactly been easy.

Before his year spent at Massachusetts, Sifrin dropped out of high school, instead opting to receive his GED and enter the working force. He would also attend El Camino Junior College before transferring to Massachusetts.

He also had a son along the way, who is now 7 years old.

Despite his winding path to prominence, Sifrin believes he’ll be able to hold his own against NFL competition.

"They just see me as an older player, that's it," he said. "There's nothing different between me and a guy that's playing in the NFL now that's playing at the same age. It's just that he has more experience playing with a system than I do."

Other Pro Day Notes From 3/30:
South Alabama held their pro day in front of 12 NFL teams for quarterback Brandon Bridge and tight end Wes Saxton.

NFL Media Analyst Gil Brandt said Bridge “has lots of upside and just needs to get some experience as a developmental prospect.

During his senior season, the 6-foot-4, 230 pounder completed 160 passes for 1,927 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Saxton, meanwhile, recorded 19 reps on the bench press while electing to stick with his 4.65-second 40-yard dash time he ran at the combine.

Saxton looked "very good in his positional workout, catching the ball really well,” Brandt wrote. “He showed that he hadn't lost any speed (he weighed five pounds more at the pro day than at the combine). Saxton is a prospect with good upside.

At the University of Indiana’s pro day, wide receiver Shane Wynn turned heads with an impressive 4.29-second 40-yard dash.

"Today went pretty well," Wynn told IUHoosiers.com. "Everything was routine. I've been doing it for a couple of months, now I just had to do it in front of the scouts. Everybody did a good job."

RELATED LINKS:
-- Scouts Get A Look At LSU, TCU During Pro Days
-- UCF’s Breshad Perriman Runs Blazing 40 At Pro Day

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