Ontario rookies Shamawd Chambers (Markham, ON) and Austin Pasztor (Langton, ON) have a chance to become NFL regulars (Photo Jim Daves, UVA).
Pasztor, a 6’6, 304-pound guard from the University of Virginia, had a stretch of 781 plays without allowing a sack this season for the Cavaliers. The four-year starter was signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent just hours after the conclusion of the 2012 NFL draft.
“It’s a great feeling,” Pasztor told the Simcoe Reformer’s Jacob Robinson. “There’s still a lot of work to be done yet, but it feels good to be wanted and I look forward to doing whatever I can to make the team.”
After the 2011 season Pasztor earned first team Atlantic Coast Conference honours and was also named a second team All American.
The former Glendale High School student joins a Vikings team that did not chose an offensive guard in the 2012 Draft.
“I felt like, as long as there was some room at the position to make the team then that was my best choice,” the 21-year-old told the Reformer.
Chambers, a 6’3, 219-pound receiver from the CIS Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks, hopes to impress Eagles coaches with his speed. The Markham District High School graduate was timed running a 4.42 second 40-yard dash at a recent combine.
In addition to four all-star seasons at the Canadian University level, Chambers recorded 248 receiving yards and two touchdowns to earn first team all-tournament honours at the 2011 IFAF Sr. World Championship in Austria.
“Philadelphia seemed the most interested. I think it was the best fit,” Chambers told the Waterloo Record’s Christine Rivet. “I’m just going in there to try my best and see what happens.”