College football has experienced an increase in international players in recent years, and the trend being noticed by so many coaches that programs are investing some significant money in getting coaches overseas for recruiting trips.
The NFL has also taken notice with an International Scouting Combine, which had a successful first year last offseason in Australia.
This year, the league has announced that the International Combine will move to Cologne, Germany in mid-October.
For players, the next step following that combine is to earn a spot in the International Pathway program that provides opportunities for foreign players to be placed on a team during the off season and allows them to take part in the practice squad without counting against the NFL limit of 10 players in their quest to make an NFL roster.
“Since 2017, the NFL’s International Player Pathway program has provided international athletes the opportunity to compete at the NFL level and develop their skills, and we hope to discover new talent through this event in Germany,’ NFL COO of International Damani Leach shared in the release.
The NFL points out the success of last season’s International Combine with the discoveries of Panthers defensive end Efe Obada and Eagles tackle Jordan Mailata.
See the full release from the NFL here.