Don't worry if you haven't heard his name before; most outside of Australia never have. Jarryd Hayne is not just a former pro rugby player; he's a former National Rugby League MVP who is trying his hand at football and is expected to sign with the Detroit Lions this week.
While everyone who went to the combine now is gearing up for a pro day, Hayne already has had his version, on Dec. 5 in San Diego, in front of representatives from 16 NFL teams. Hayne measured in at 6-foot-2 and 226 pounds, and ran the 40-yard dash somewhere in the low 4.5 range (his clockings were hand-held). He also went through drills run by former NFL running backs coach Clarence Shelmon.
Hayne, 27, was a two-time winner of the National Rugby League player of the year award.