Brett McMakin, LB 6-4, 241 of Northern Iowa, Runs 4.72 in 40, Recovers From Appendectomy to Put on a Show at 2nd Pro Day per Inspired Athletes Agency

Brett McMakin, who some have as a top ILB and others have as a top OLB, had a 2nd pro day after competing in his first only 8 days after a life threatening appendectomy.

​​​​​Brett McMakin improved his 40 yard dash to 4.72 in the 40 yard dash, 4.3 in the shuttle and under 7.00 in the 3 cone to display what was expected he would do at his original pro day. He weighed in at 241 pounds, 3 pounds heavier than his original pro day.

Brett was sidelined just 8 days before his pro day with an emergency appendectomy where he had 106 fever and was listed in critical condition. He emerged to participate against doctors' orders in his 1st Pro Day at Northern Iowa. He performed well but wanted to retest and do the drills as he was not 100 percent on his original pro day.

"His toughness and competitiveness is second to none and is on display 24/7."

David Schuman, Inspired Athletes, Managing Director

Brett had an amazing performance at his 2nd pro day at Simoneau Sports in Overland, KS. You can see the outstanding performance here . His toughness and competitiveness is second to none and is on display. In high school Brett was known as an amazing athlete who was fantastic in Basketball, Baseball, Football, and is a near scratch Golfer. He was an outstanding high school athlete who was the MVP of the Top Prospect Camp held every year by NUC Sports at the University of Oklahoma.

​Brett McMakin, the former star linebacker at Northern Iowa worked out for the Kansas City Chiefs on April 8th. McMakin is a rare athlete who finished his career by recording 225 tackles in the past two seasons. McMakin was a two time All-American for the Panthers, earning those honors both as a defensive end as well as linebacker. Brett has also met with post NIU pro day with San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions, and the Atlanta Falcons. He has also met via phone with the Buccaneers. He is being courted as well by the Panthers and Colts.

As a Sophomore for Panthers, McMakin was used as a defensive end, getting an opportunity to show off his elite athleticism and pass rush ability. McMakin was a force all season long as he recorded 9.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and an interception. This past season, McMakin was asked to contribute as a linebacker for UNI who finished their season with 7 straight wins before losing to eventually national champion North Dakota State. McMakin was an unstoppable force as a linebacker, recording 15.5 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 2 interceptions, and 5 forced fumbles. "I don't know of a more versatile big linebacker in the draft, he can cover, rush, play the run and play outside, inside or even pass rushing D-end. McMakin has the ability to be a 10 year pro," say agent David Schuman.

McMakin's versatility makes him an elite prospect. At 6'4" and 241 pounds, he has the ability to play both inside and outside linebacker. He has the power and physicality to be effective inside, as well the speed to cause problems outside. He is a relentless blitzer who finishes his tackles with authority. In coverage, McMakin has the athletic ability to shut down tight ends and is very comfortable dropping back in zone. You can see his Junior film here and his sophomore year as OLB/DE here.


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Source: Inspired Athletes


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