The NFL has been trying to expand its brand beyond American borders. Their series of games in London that have become highlights in the regular season -- even if the games aren't always the best representations of the sport -- and they are working to have a similar game in Mexico City.
After retiring from the NFL, former New York Giant defensive end Osi Umenyiora was born in the United Kingdom and has been working with the NFL UK to help bring the American game overseas, and European players to America.
It is fitting then, that in the tradition of immigrants coming to New York, that the Giants will be the first to work out two players from this new program. According to DraftDiamonds.com, who specialize in shedding light on under the radar draft prospects, the New York Giants have workouts scheduled with two European stars.
The first is Harry Innis, a 6-foot-7, 265-pound tight end who runs a 4.65s 40 who has played on championship teams in 2013 and 2014 (British and European)
The second is wide receiver D'Anthony Dable'. Dable' is a big, physical receiver at 6-4, 220 pounds with good speed and quickness, and like Innis, he was a champion in Europe.
While both players have looked like men among boys in Europe, both players face the hurdles of making an even bigger jump in competition than Canadian Football League players who come to the NFL. Both are eligible to sign now, as the NFL considers them free agents. They would also be considered rookies by the NFL, despite being relatively old at 27.