Colonials’ Smigiera receives mini camp invites


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Michael Sciulli

Former Robert Morris University football player Andy Smigiera has received rookie mini camp invites from the Arizona Cardinals and the Seattle Seahawks. The former Colonial safety will participate in both camps.

Smigiera’s 2017 campaign saw him record 34 total tackles, 15 of which were solo efforts. In addition to this, he recorded one pass break-up and one interception on the season which he was able to return for 55 yards.

One of the key aspects for the six-foot tall, 201-pound safety is his incredible athleticism. Since RMU does not have a pro day, Smigiera had to display his skills at a pro day at the Pittsburgh Indoor Sports Arena in Cheswick. Some of the drills at the event included the 40-yard dash, a three-cone drill and a 225-pound bench press.

In this combine the former RMU safety was a standout. He ran a blistering 4.46-second 40-yard dash. Smigiera did not stop there. He also posted a 40-inch vertical leap and had 19 reps on the bench. However, at a separate pro day at Slippery Rock he posted a 42-inch leap. This leap was half an inch better than any player at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

On top of this impressive mark, Smegira shined in other areas at the Slippery Rock pro day. He continued to display his leaping abilities with a broad jump of 11 feet and one inch. This once again would have put Smigiera towards the top of the heap at the NFL combine.

In addition to his phenomenal athleticism, Smigiera will also use his intelligence to his advantage. He graduated from RMU with a dual major in finance and accounting. He is also one series short of being able to be a financial advisor.

Smigiera’s skill set earned him a workout with the Buffalo Bills prior to this year’s draft. Now that the draft has come and gone the former Colonial will hope that he can continue his playing career into the NFL, starting with his mini camp invitations from the Cardinals and Seahawks.