The post-combine CFL mock draft

With the 2017 CFL combine in the books, it’s time to take a look at which prospects may end up where and why.

Round One

1. Winnipeg Blue Bombers — DL Junior Luke, Montreal

Tough as nails and equipped with a high motor, Luke is a pro-ready interior defensive lineman who can play the run and rush the passer. The Montreal native would be in contention to earn starting reps as a rookie in Bomberland.

2. Saskatchewan Roughriders — OL Mason Woods, Idaho

You can’t teach size and Woods is a mountain of a man at 6’9, 320 pounds. The Riders are on the hunt for an offensive lineman with the potential to play tackle at the CFL level — Woods fits that bill.

3. B.C. Lions — DL Faith Ekakitie, Iowa

The Lions lost Jabar Westerman in free agency, but three-year veteran David Menard may be ready to take starter reps along the defensive line. Ekakitie gives B.C. a bulky interior force who should make an impact as a rookie.

4. Hamilton Tiger-Cats — REC Danny Vandervoort, McMaster

Vandervoort dominated the one-on-ones at the combine, playing larger than his 6’1, 203-pound frame and running squeaky-clean routes. The Ticats would be wise to take Vandervoort with their top pick — the fact that he’s is a local product is just gravy.

5. Edmonton Eskimos — OL Geoff Gray, Manitoba

Gray isn’t expected to play in the CFL next season — the NFL is a possibility, while Gray has also expressed interest in finishing his schooling — but that shouldn’t bother the Esks. Edmonton has a deep pool of interior offensive linemen and can afford to wait a year or two for the best guard in the 2017 draft class.

6. Winnipeg Blue Bombers — OL Braden Schram, Calgary

Schram is a solid physical specimen at 6’3, 311 who put up solid testing numbers and had a respectable showing in the combine’s one-on-ones. Schram’s best asset is his passion for the game, something that will garner strong consideration from the Bomber brain trust.

7. B.C. Lions — OL Justin Senior, Mississippi State

The Lions recently traded for David Foucault, a ratio-breaking tackle prospect drafted fourth overall by the Montreal Alouettes in 2014. With Hunter Steward already on the roster and 2015 second rounder Brett Boyko in the pipeline, Senior would add to an already deep pool of current and future Lions tackle prospects.

8. Calgary Stampeders — LB Christophe Mulumba, Maine

Alex Singleton was a revelation for the Stamps in 2017, earning the starting middle linebacker spot after being selected sixth overall in last year’s draft. Mulumba offers strong depth and the ability to contribute on special teams right away.

9. Ottawa Redblacks — OL Jean-Simon Roy, Laval

Roy put up an outstanding 39 bench press reps at the combine at just 287 pounds — an outstanding feat for a guy who could afford to add weight to his 6’3 frame. Roy’s also bilingual, an added bonus for a bilingual market.

Round Two

10. Toronto Argonauts — DL Kwaku Boateng, Wilfred Laurier

Boateng, the premier edge rusher of the 2017 draft class, provides the Argos with immediate impact on special teams and the potential to earn reps on defence. With Ricky Foley turning 35 in June, Boateng would inject some much-needed youth to Toronto’s defensive line.

11. Saskatchewan Roughriders — RB Johnny Augustine, Guelph

Augustine was one of the biggest risers at the combine, testing well in the drills and dominating in the pass protection one-on-ones. His versatility as a ball carrier and receiver make him a prime target for a Rider team that is expected to start a Canadian running back in 2017.

12. Montreal Alouettes — REC Nate Behar, Carleton

The Als have been without proper depth behind starting national wide receiver Sam Gigure since he signed with Montreal in 2015. Boasting strong athleticism (22 bench reps, 4.61 40-yard dash), soft hands, and tremendous intangibles, Behar quickly helps solidify Montreal’s pass catching depth.

13. Hamilton Tiger-Cats — OL Dariusz Bladek, Bethune-Cookman

Bladek didn’t have the best showing in the combine’s one-on-one drills, but there’s no doubting the Floridian’s size (6’4, 300) or strength (22 bench reps). Bladek projects as a solid CFL guard who may be capable of dabbling at right tackle.

14. Edmonton Eskimos — DB Dondre Wright, Henderson State

Wright is among the draft’s biggest defensive backs (5’10, 200) who also runs well, has great foot speed, and plays a physical game from the safety spot.

15. Winnipeg Blue Bombers — REC Antony Auclair, Laval

The Bombers use their second rounder on 6’5, 256-pound receiver Antony Auclair. The Laval product will get an NFL look in 2017, but the stud may come north in time. If and when that happens, Auclair would be well-worth the wait.

16. B.C. Lions — LB Alexandre Chevrier, Sherbrooke

Chevrier provides the Lions with an immediate upgrade to the club’s special teams units. Chevrier, an under-the-radar prospect who garnered an invite to the national combine by way of the Montreal regional, posted the best speed and quickest test results of all linebackers at the combine.

17. Calgary Stampeders — OL Jeremy Zver, Regina

The Stamps take on a project with the selection of Zver, the most athletic offensive lineman at this year’s combine. Zver is raw, but he has the potential to play any of the five positions along the offensive line.

18. Ottawa Redblacks — DL Justin Vaughn, Fordham

The Redblacks don’t need help along the defensive line, but Vaughn is too talented to pass up this late in the draft. Vaughn, who played tackle and end at Fordham, could be a nice complement to Ottawa’s Connor Williams who can also play any of the four spots along the defensive line.

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John Hodge is a lifelong follower of the CFL who has been writing about the league since 2014. He is a two-time finalist of the Jon Gott lookalike contest.
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35 Comments on The post-combine CFL mock draft

  1. Scottsask // March 29, 2017 at 11:11 am //

    Hopefully 2 decent picks for the Green and White. Jones loves size and he fits the bill. Plus the rb position is up in the air, so why not create some more competition?

    • stampland // March 29, 2017 at 11:21 am //

      Jones would be wise to look at OL/Rec heavily in this draft. Jones needs to think of the future not this year

  2. stampland // March 29, 2017 at 11:17 am //

    I’d question Calgary would look at LB for first pick.Calgary already has Canadian depth behind Singleton.I’d be looking anywhere but LB if I was Huff. Then again with Calgary so strong with nationals already do they simply take best player available or take a gamble on someone like Auclair?

  3. Scottsask // March 29, 2017 at 11:32 am //

    Well we do know that o line is traditionally a Canadian position and that was certainly a weak link here last year. Jones has also traditionally started ribs as receivers. Id just be happy with skilled Canadian depth at any position. Calgary picking a lb is curious, but with Huffs track record of finding talent to step in and play anywhere is undeniable……as much as it pains me to actually say that.

  4. Is Luke’s ceiling high enough to really be considered for first overall?

    If I’m the Bombers, I’d take an OL or Vandervoort first and then hope Luke or Ekakitie are there at six.

  5. Can’t argue with any of those picks, a lot of logic based on each team’s needs. However the draft tends to be a bit like March Madness, there’s always surprises and unexpected picks. I was at the combine last Sat. and one guy that really stood out to me was WR Malcolm Carter of the Ottawa Sooner (CJFL). He dominated in the WR/DB 1-on-1s and he tested really well too. His measureables are off the chart.

    • stampland // March 29, 2017 at 3:50 pm //

      There always seem to be a few gems come out of CJHL.It’s often overlooked for CIS and NCAA

  6. Scottsask // March 29, 2017 at 11:50 am //

    How tall was he?

  7. I have to agree with Stampland on the Riders. LaFrance has few career carries & was a 3rd stringer in Ottawa who averages almost a full yard or more behind the other Ottawa RB’s playing behind the same OL – I think the RB experiment may not last the season. Remember Walter came over last year from Calgary with 200 more carries & 1.1 yds/carry more yards than LaFrance has to his name. OL & Receiver is the way to go for Regina. If LaFrance is good, great but Steele last year had few carries & never started before too. A lot of hope pinned on a guy who was an unknown all year until the 1 great game in the East final on a snow covered field which favours the runner. Yes, we are getting better National RB’s but let’s not confuse him with Messam & Harris. At this stage he’s more like Coombs or Woodson. He was never the starter in Ottawa.

    • I have to disagree with both you. As for the Stumps, they need help all over, especially at OL as the Riders took their top dog. I guess he rather play for a beloved team then an after thought one. The Stumps will be lucky to see 10 wins this year as the Riders, Peg, and BC will all place ahead of the perennial GC choke artist the Stumps tend to be. Called a GC embarrassing loss hangover.

      • stampland // March 29, 2017 at 1:29 pm //

        Stamps need help all over?I suggest you look at their depth chart .You may want to reevaluate. Dennis is a loss but his replacement will come from one of Reuben Carter,Ucambre Williams,Randy Richards.Other than that all Canadians are back on Calgary oline including Quinn Smith (the often converted d -lineman due to extensive injuries) . Please let know were you think Calgary is hurting in nationals

  8. Scottsask // March 29, 2017 at 1:21 pm //

    No, Stampland, I’m not going to the dark side, I just accused reality.

  9. Unfortunately the Riders, at present, are not a playoff team. Unless Young shoots the lights out, Glenn is a backup & doesn’t rate with Mitchell, Jennings or Reilly & was Nichols backup – 25 INT’s his last 22 games is not encouraging. Like it or not LaFrance was 4th on the depth chart behind Powell, Van & Madu – that’s who he is. As far as the OL goes, I agree with Joel Gasson writing on Best’s retirement. The Riders are already in trouble & if LaBatte gets another conk on the head, big trouble. Next to last in sacks given up last year & last with a healthy OL featuring Clark & LaBatte in 2015. If the Riders don’t stack up on QB, OL & RB, I hope their talented receivers can run & throw as well as catch. We’re riding on a hope & a prayer that ALL of Glenn, LaFrance & the OL pan out. Not counting on it.

  10. Scottsask // March 29, 2017 at 1:40 pm //

    Sorry, accept reality. Speaking of reality, I would hardly call the Stamps an afterthought. They are still top dogs on the west until proven otherwise. This is really hard for this Rider fan to admit, but its fact. The truth is the West will be a dog fight all year long, I just hope we will contend. I think it might take one more year though.

  11. Jimmy Breslin // March 29, 2017 at 1:42 pm //

    Not sure why everyone is so high on Johnny Augustine from Guelph he’s listed at 5’10” which is generous and while he did look good on some one-on-ones he was also pancaked himself a few times. Check the tape. His 40 @ 4.76 is hardly eye-popping and he was never more than an average running back in the CIS. The CFL isn’t the CIS folks. Hats off to him for a solid combine but I would be leary of drafting him anywhere near the first three rounds. Good pick-up in the later rounds as a dark horse based on his combine numbers but hardly a sure thing at the pro level.

  12. Totally agree Scottsask. I follow the Riders as well but I remember 2016 where the playoffs were a minimum & fans, as well as Jones & Pederson, were talking 1st place & Grey Cup. We needed 11 pts more just to place 4th. Have we made up the difference with our FA signings? Of Dennis, Carter, Brouillette, White, Glenn, Bennett, LaFrance, Milton, Mayo, Gaydosh, Steele, Love, Minter & Owens only the 1st 3 were starters with their last team. So these signings are going to make us better than the rest of the West??? I don’t see it, sorry.

  13. Scottsask // March 29, 2017 at 2:26 pm //

    No, I never said that at all. I think the Riders will improve. Unfortunately all of the other teams in the West have also improved is stayed virtually the same. I’m just hoping with our improvements and a bit of luck it will yield better results. I was certainly wrong about last year.

  14. i think it all depends on where cleon laiong signs if he signs in the cfl than the team that signs him can draft an o linemen with there first pick but if he signs in the nfl that is a whole differnt story

  15. Riders13 // March 29, 2017 at 4:34 pm //

    While it’s no secret that the Riders need Cdn o-line depth, I’d like to see them draft Vandervoort. The Riders need Cdn receiving depth almost as bad and Bagg is getting old and Demski needs to breakout this season or be gone. Maybe the Riders could package an international receiver or 2 and trade for a 1st or 2nd round pick. St John steps up this season that would help immensely.

    • stampland // March 29, 2017 at 5:28 pm //

      Receiver a good idea too.
      Highly unlikely anyone would give yo a first or second draft pick for one of your receivers that’s dreaming in technicolor.If anyone wants one of these receivers they simply just wait Jones will have to drop some sooner or later (sooner probably). As nice as your new stadium is I wonder why the main film room has 120 seats, seems like a lot … hmmmmm..interesting no that I think of it

  16. Riders should take Vandervoort at 2 and Zver at 11. Vandervoort could be another Getzlaf and Zver has the physical size and athleticism to play tackle in the NFL some day, he just needs some time to get a little bigger and stronger. Mason Woods had a little trouble at the combine matching up, I like My tackles quicker and athletic

  17. Bombers had the worst Canadian receiver any far in the CFL. I’d question them taking a DL over Vandervoort with the first pick or waste a 2nd round pick on Auclair who may never play in the CFL. Picking a player like Auclair is something a team like the Stamps can do but not the Bombers.

  18. Bombers need to give Addison Richards a chance, he’s the real deal, sleep on him and we’ll have our Getzlaf for free

  19. I agree with Breslin, I don’t understand all the hype for Augustine. His size, numbers and performance at the combine were comparable to Dillion Campbell in 2015 except Campbell ran a 4.5 40 and had a far superior CIS career. Just to remind everyone Campbell went in the 5th round.
    Just because Augustine exceeded some people’s expectations doesn’t necessarily mean he jumps up the draft board.
    Good luck to all the draft eligible players!

  20. How can one take this mock draft seriously when Qadr Spooner is not picked in the top 20…

  21. If the Bombers are truly going with a BPA mentality regarding this draft, I think they really need to give serious consideration to Vandervoort. He’s clearly looking like one of the most pro-ready players in the draft, arguably had the best combine, and addresses a glaring need for the Bombers. I like the Luke pick as well, but Winnipeg hasn’t had a dominant Canadian receiver in ages, heck they haven’t even really had a reliable presence at the position since Stoddard. We have depth at CDN DT with Thomas and Butcher and could still add someone at #6 and we actually have decent O-line depth for the first time in years with Couture, Neufeld and Foketi ready to come off the bench… CDN receiver depth = Feoli-Gudino, a never healthy Richards and Coates who is more of a special teams ace. Vandervoort could be an immediate impact player

    • Jimmy Breslin // March 30, 2017 at 2:27 pm //

      More wishful thinking. As good as Vandervoort MIGHT become he will NOT be an immediate impact player no matter where he signs. Again this is the pros folks he’ll be lucky to get spot duty during garbage time whenever the game is out of hand, the learning curve is very steep transitioning from college DBs and safeties to what he’s about to find in the CFL.

      • I know its an exaggeration to consider a WR as an immediate impact player in the CFL, but I meant it more in regards to what he will be able to contribute immediately on special teams. And considering his competition, I don’t think it’s that far out of the realm of possibility that Vandervoort could see meaningful snaps at WR this season were the Bombers to draft him.

        • Jimmy Breslin // April 1, 2017 at 4:29 pm //

          I guess we’ll see but if you reach back three full years and look at how the first round wide receiver picks have fared it shows how difficult it is to just stick in the league. 2016 had 2 guys picked in round 1 Teveaun Smith and Brian Jones, Smith who played US ball was signed to a reserve/future contract with the NFL Colts, time will tell if he can stay there. Jones did ok with the Argos but only appeared in 12 games last year. In 2015 Nic Dempski went round 1, he’s with the Riders, definitely shows promise, but no league all-star yet. In 2014 it’s even bleaker. Devon Bailey was picked 6th overall by the Esks, he’s a fee agent now and nobody seems to want him, he’s still out there. In fact only one receiver from the entire 2014 draft is still currently signed and in good standing with a CFL squad. That would be Scott MacDonell, second round pick by the Redblacks, league stats show he’s played in 51 games, One of few Canadian receivers drafted in the last three years with that kind of staying power.

          Like you I think Vandervoort has a shot at being a really good one but impact player in his rookie year is a very tall order. He will need to be a solid special teammer or else he could end up like poor Bailey in Edmonton.

  22. Wrong picks for Lions. I think he will look for a Canadian receiver and LB before a DL.
    Maybe second round for a DL not round 1.

    • As a Lions fan , I think you are wrong . Lions are very thin at DL , and have an over abundance of national receivers. They need a national DT more than any other position with the departure of Jabar Westerman . They do not look at LB as a national position either with Sol-e there Bighill who left was an international and no doubt, his spot will be filled by another .

  23. CFLcommentary2 // March 31, 2017 at 11:25 am //

    What about Connor McGough from University of Calgary. May be undersized but he overpower offensive lineman way bigger then him. He also ran one of the fastest 40 yard dashes for a Dlineman.

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