NIU football: Tyler Loos battles history of injuries for spot in NFL

By Frank Gogola

Tyler Loos, former Huskie offensive lineman, knows his injury history may knock him down in the draft.

But, Loos hopes his performance at NIU’s Pro Day on Friday at the Chessick Practice Center, in addition to a full season of tape, can help him get back up the list.

“I’ve heard of a couple teams interested,” Loos said. “I know a scout from back home … from the New England Patriots; I was talking with him a little bit, and he gave me some pointers and things to work on. He said I did pretty well and looked smooth with everything, so I think that’s good.”

Loos ran a 5.35 40-yard dash, which he said wasn’t that bad although he was looking for between a 5.0 and a 5.3. He also posted a 28-inch vertical jump, which he said was up 3 inches from previous workouts. He posted 20 reps on the 225-pound bench press, but said he was hoping for a couple more.

“I think I overall did pretty well,” Loos said. “Some of my times weren’t what I was hoping for, but they weren’t too far off what I did last week [when] we did a mock combine.”

The main factor that may steer teams away from Loos in the draft is a slew of lower-body injuries. He tore his ACL and meniscus in his left knee during his 2011 redshirt freshman season; suffered a broken tibia and fibula in his right leg in 2012; and saw his 2013 season end when he went down with a broken fibula in his left leg, a dislocated left ankle and a torn deltoid ligament in his left ankle.

“That’s kind of my, you’d say, downfall,” Loos said. “That’s just the one bad thing about me. Other than that, nothing really. I felt great today, and I felt best since before I’ve been hurt. This is the best I’ve felt in a long time, so that’s good.”