MARQUETTE, Mich. (WJMN) – It’s challenging to follow your dreams. It takes courage, exertions, and a blind faith that you just’ll make it, even when everyone around you is counting you out.
For former Northern Michigan Football standout Jake Witt, his dream of playing skilled football is closer to becoming a reality after he declared for the NFL Draft on Thursday.
“I’m super excited,” said Witt. “The chance is a giant one. It’s something that coming in and playing football in highschool that’s something my friends and I even have at all times dreamed of. Playing at the subsequent level in college after which to be here and to get the chance to play past college is big.”
Witt says he began receiving interest from NFL teams towards the tip of last season and that those conversations gave him confidence to completely commit to his dream.
“That made it easier because I didn’t wish to go in blindly and just sort of feeling my way throught it,” said Witt. “So, I do know I even have the interest of teams on the market and that was a giant factor. I even have a great facility that I’ll be trainging at and good people around me that I’ll be working with. So, I even have a great team and I just needed that interest from the subsequent level and we got that so it’s all go from here.”
Witt has the prototypical size of an NFL player. Standing 6’7″ and around 280 lbs, Witt has the attributes many teams at the subsequent level are in search of.
“I feel like my strength definitely for size is my speed and explosiveness,” said Witt. “I played left tackle this season and a few teams have talked to me about playing that position but I want to get my weight up probably like 20 more kilos. Some teams have spoken to me about playing the blocking tight end position in order that’s sort of the center ground.”
Witt’s next step is ensuring he’s in the perfect shape of his life.
“Mainly we’re training the tests without delay,” said Witt. “We’re training the 40 [yard dash], the broad [jump], the bench-press, all of that stuff just things they can be testing me on.”
That preparation pays off this spring when Witt takes part in an NFL Pro Day.
“I’m mainly just going to be training until my Pro Day which goes to occur in mid-March,” said Witt. “While you go to a Pro Day you run your 40, do your vertical and broad jump, all of that stuff.”
Witt hopes he can put his talent on full display and be a magnet for an NFL organization.
“I want to check well there, that’s going to be my biggest stage and there can be a ton of scouts there,” said Witt. “From there, scouts can reach out and schedule you for interviews mainly like visits that you just do whenever you’re in college but at the subsequent level. Then I think April Twenty fourth-Twenty seventh the Draft happens, after that it’s the free agency period after which from there it’s all as much as me.”
The journey from a division II college to the NFL is a path not many individuals can say they walked, but it surely’s not about where you got here from, and more about what you do whenever you get there.
“I’m super grateful,” said Witt. “The those who I’ve had around me through this journey have helped me a ton. I couldn’t have done it without them. I’m just hoping to get that shot and as soon as I get that shot I’m going to go on the market and put within the work vital to play at the subsequent level. I think that when one team gives me a shot it’s going to open the eyes of other ones and hopefully open up some opportunities for some smaller school guys in the longer term.”