Tanguay open to position switch as training for pro football shot begins
FARGO — Former North Dakota State defensive lineman Nate Tanguay leaves next week to start training for a shot at professional football. It’s a quest that may even include a position change to the offensive line.
Whatever it takes to get there, he said.
“I don’t know if it will ever happen but it’s something I’m open to,” Tanguay said. “Even tight end, throw me in there.”
Tanguay signed with agent Phil Easton of Easton Sports Group out of New York. He’ll be training with Jim Kielbaso at Total Performance Training Center in Wixom, Mich., located in the outer suburbs northwest of Detroit.
“I like how this guy operates,” Tanguay said.
Time will tell on which side of the ball scouts think he’ll have the best chance. Tanguay will return to Fargo for NDSU’s Pro Day in March, which usually makes or breaks any kind of NFL opportunity.
Tanguay is 6-foot-4 and 300 pounds, which is about the norm for an NFL offensive lineman. The average guard or center in the NFL is around 6-5 and 312 pounds, according to BusinessInsider.com. Offensive tackles are generally taller in the 6-5 to 6-7 range.
The weights for an NFL defensive line vary from team to team and position to position. The starting defensive tackles for the Minnesota Vikings, for instance, weigh 288 (Tom Johnson) and 339 (Linval Joseph) respectively.
Tanguay has been watching some offensive line film and working on some of the drills.
“I think there will be some o-linemen out there so I’ll be doing some things with them,” he said.
It wouldn’t be the first time an NDSU player went from offense to defense in the NFL. Former nose guard standout Isaac Snell was an offensive guard for the New York Jets, Tennessee Titans and Denver Broncos from 2005-08.
It’s a busy month for other recently-departed Bison players, too. Linebacker Nick DeLuca signed with Rep 1 Sports in Irvine, Calif., and is currently working out at the agency’s facilities in advance of the Jan. 27 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. Rep 1 also represents former Bison quarterback Carson Wentz.
Like Tanguay, DeLuca will need to prove an injured knee is healthy and ready to go. Tanguay said it took until the University of San Diego playoff game this year before he felt like his old self.
“There’s still a little bit of differentiation of strength in the knees,” he said. “I’m doing as much one-legged stuff as I can. But I’m ready to go and do some explosive work. I’m ready to put it behind me.”
Former Bison offensive guard Austin Kuhnert is currently in St. Petersburg, Fla., practicing for Saturday’s East-West Shrine Game. It’s a 2 p.m. (CST) kickoff at Tropicana Field. Kuhnert is on the East squad.