This summer, offensive lineman Michael Bamiro was preparing for what he thought would be his final season at Stony Brook. But because of ineligibility issues, he's preparing for his next chapter in life and in the National Football League.
On Thursday, almost two dozen teams from the league came to New Jersey to scout the very large Bamiro, who measures in at 6;8" and 335 pounds, which drew the interest of the New York Giants as Connor Orr of the Newark-Star Ledger has reported they have sent scouts to check out the workout for Bamiro as a possibility for their offensive line of the future.
The New York Jets also sent scouts as well to check out the former Stony Brook offensive tackle and because they are very thin at the position, they could really be interested.
Greg Logan from Newsday broke down exactly why Bamiro ran into eligibility problems at Stony Brook, which dates back to when he enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh-Titusville, a college that offers two-year associates degrees. Even though he didn't play sports there, he was enrolled as a full-time student.
He then transferred to Stony Brook in 2009 and because he red-shirted one season there, he thought he had one season left and would play his senior year of college there. But because he was enrolled as a full-time student in his previous college and had a five-year record as a college student, it deemed him ineligible to play in college, thus began his journey to the NFL as an undrafted free agent. Bamiro did receive his Bachelors of Arts from Stony Brook with a degree in Journalism.
Bamiro was an All-American in college and played in mostly a heavily run-oriented offense, but once he selects his next employer, he is eager to work on his pass blocking skills.Bamiro's agent Bill Contay said Bamiro was receiving contract offers before he even showed up to work out for the NFL scouts and teams.
Will the Giants be one of the more aggressive teams pursuing the now rookie offensive lineman? Or will they stick with the lineman they have heading into training camp in two weeks time? Only time will tell.
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