Scouts have been working away in preparation for the national Canadian Football League combine set for March 23-25 in Regina. That means draft season is about to become the focus around the country. With that in mind, let’s unveil top five rankings for prospects position-by-position in advance of the annual talent assessment event as compiled from pro evaluators coast to coast.
1) Justin Senior, Mississippi State
Started three straight seasons primarily at right tackle for the Bulldogs.
2) Dariusz Bladek, Bethune-Cookman
Just missed out on qualifying for national status in time for last year’s draft.
3) Geoff Gray, Manitoba
Impressed scouts at the East-West Shrine Game and the Winnipeg native has a great physique.
4) Mason Woods, Idaho
34 starts in his final three seasons with the Vandals after redshirting his freshman year.
5) Jeremy Zver, Regina
Two-sport athlete – basketball and football – who missed all but one game during the 2016 football season due to injury.
1) Mitchell Picton, Regina
11 receiving touchdowns led all USports pass catchers last season. He made 58 receptions for 834 yards, both totals ranked second in Canadian university football.
2) Nathaniel Behar, Carleton
Team captain and leader of the program since the Ravens returned to playing football in 2013.
3) Danny Vandervoort, McMaster
Three-time All-Canadian who has been productive from day one when he set foot on campus.
4) Malcolm Carter, Ottawa Sooners
29 receptions for 537 yards (18.5 average) and nine touchdowns in seven Canadian Junior Football League games last year.
5) Alex Morrison, UBC
Classic big, thick-bodied Canadian receiver.
1) Ante Milanovic-Litre, Simon Fraser
Well put together and could play running back or fullback at the next level.
2) Johnny Augustine, Guelph
An ankle injury limited the shredded back in 2016, but he still managed 563 rushing yards in six games.
3) Anthony Gosselin, Sherbrooke
Physical fullback is rising up draft boards after a strong Montreal combine showing.
4) Sean Thomas Erlington, Montreal
Nine carries for 93 yards and one touchdown in the 14th annual CIS East-West Bowl.
5) Isaac Lauzon, Sherbrooke
Tough runner and solid in pass protection.
1) Eli Ankou, UCLA
19 starts up front for the Bruins over the last two years while recording 85 tackles.
2) Faith Ekakitie, Iowa
Coming off his most productive season at Iowa with 39 tackles and two tackles for loss.
3) Justin Vaughn, Fordham
Senior campaign: 10 games, 40 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, four sacks and one blocked kick.
4) Junior Luke, Montreal
Force in the middle of Montreal’s stingy defence.
5) Kwaku Boateng, Laurier
Golden Hawks all-time sacks leader (20.5). Special teams value too.
1) Christophe Mulumba, Maine
All-CAA (Colonial Athletic Conference) first-team selection three straight seasons.
2) Jordan Herdman, Simon Fraser
Holds Great Northwest Athletic Conference records for all-time tackles (428) and single games tackles (26).
3) Justin Herdman, Simon Fraser
Brother to Jordan who has made over 200 tackles with the Clan.
4) Frederic Chagnon, Montreal
2016 USports All-Canadian, one of the leaders on a defence that allowed the fewest points (72) and yards per game (267.4) in Canada.
5) Nakas Onyeka, Laurier
President’s Trophy winner as the outstanding standup defensive player in the OUA for the 2016 season.
1) Dondre Wright, Henderson State
65 tackles, seven pass break-ups, two tackles for loss, one sack and one interception for the Reddies last year.
2) Robert Woodson, Calgary
Younger brother of current Stampeders running back Anthony Woodson.
3) Nathaniel Hamlin, Carleton
Under the radar defensive back with intriguing size.
4) Harland Hastings, Acadia
Athletic prospect with a gymnastics background.
5) Tunde Adeleke, Carleton
Dynamic return man at the USports level, but he needs to be more physical in order to succeed in the pros.
1) Adam Searl, UCLA
Mainly a punter who possesses a strong leg.
2) Felix Menard-Briere, Montreal
Handled all three kicking duties for the Carabins.
3) Lewis Ward, Ottawa
Primarily a kick-off and field goal prospect.
4) Michael Domagala, Carleton
Third in USports with 41.1-yard punting average in 2016.
5) Kain Anzovino, Kent State
Best long snapper in the class.
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