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Saskatoon's Brett Boyko a step closer to his NFL dreams

02/23/2015 10:36 EST | Updated 04/25/2015 05:59 EDT
Saskatoon's Brett Boyko took another step towards his professional football dreams over the weekend.

The hulking offensive lineman, who has spent the past five seasons at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV), took part in the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis over the weekend.

The event brings together the top prospects in college football. For Boyko, it was a great chance to show NFL teams what he can do on the field.

"It's pretty nerve-racking, but once you kind of settle down and get more familiar with things, it becomes more like a short practice," Boyko said.

Before heading to the NCAA, Boyko played football at St. Joseph High School in Saskatoon.

The 6-7 offensive tackle always watched the combine on TV, but Boyko said actually being at the event was overwhelming at times.

"Just being around all the players and then to have coaches so close to you. To really live and be there was very surreal," he said.

Players were tested in drills such as the 40-yard dash, vertical leap and bench press. Boyko was pleased with his results but admits there's plenty of room for improvement.

"I felt like there were some things that I did better than others," he said. "The good thing is I have another pro-day workout where I'll be able to redo some of the things I feel like I need to do over again."

Boyko now plans to travel back to Las Vegas to continue training. His goal is to workout for individual NFL teams leading up to the draft on April 30 to May 2. 

Although he would easily be a top pick in this year's CFL draft, Boyko's focus remains on playing in the NFL.

"Obviously I hope to get some workouts with teams," he said. "I'll keep training until the NFL Draft. However things play out is how they play out."

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