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Three International Pathway Program players whose stock should be through the roof

Three International Pathway Program players whose stock should be through the roof
Three International Pathway Program players whose stock should be through the roof

The International Pathway Program is an amazing opportunity for players outside the United States to get a true opportunity to play at the highest level.

This year the NFL is going to allot a roster spot for one IPP player for every NFL team. This roster spot will not count against the teams 90 man roster and/or practice squad. This allows a team to either select or sign a player to their roster. The NFL continues to grow internationally and fans are betting their players will make it. You can bet on the NFL in every country, and we recommend bet on sports in Finland!

Since we have had great success at the Hula Bowl with the International Pathway Program I figured I would talk about three IPP players whose stock is rising before the draft.

Bayron Matos – A 6’9 offensive tackle/defensive end/kick blocker who can move. The Dominican Republic native was recruited to the University of South Florida as a transfer to play basketball, but Matos walked on to the football team during spring practice in 2022.

He had never put on football pads or a helmet on before. He transferred to USF to play basketball after playing in 20 games and making 15 starts in his freshman season for the New Mexico Lobos.

He played in 28 games and made four starts for USF basketball in the 2021-22 season, averaging 1.5 ppg and 2.7 rpg while playing 10.6 minutes per game. Keep an eye on Matos, he is an interesting prospect. Matos is draft eligible meaning a team can select him next week in the NFL Draft.

Nouredin Nouili – Nouredin started 11 games in his final season at Nebraska in 2023, missing one start (Purdue) due to injury. He started 10 games at right guard before starting at left guard against Iowa. Nouili played a big role in Nebraska ranking second in the Big Ten in rushing.

Yes, a starting offensive guard in the Big-Ten, and he is a player you can stash on your roster for free. Nouili is a lot different than Matos, the German native is ready to go. He has long arms, and understands the game. Nouli has started 18 games and is draft eligible. NFL teams should be all over him. He qualifies for the IPP program and is a great prospect.

Harry Mallinder – The 27-year-old punter has a massive leg and stands at 6’5. After crushing the Specialist Combine in Indianapolis, Mallinder was asked to attend the USF pro day. He is technically a Free Agent and NFL teams can sign him now. I am told that multiple teams called USF to get him into their pro day for another view.

The great thing is if he is signed as an IPP player, he does not count towards the 90-man roster and each team has an open spot on their Practice Squad for an IPP player. A team in need of a specialist should be calling him right now. He can be stashed on the roster and has a big boy leg!


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