Ten NFL clubs want to visit with Laval Rouge et Or tight end Antony Auclair

Dan Ralph, Canadian Press

It’s two down, eight to go for Antony Auclair.

The Laval tight end has visited with two NFL teams since holding his pro day last month. A total of 17 NFL scouts and Montreal Alouettes GM Kavis Reed watched the six-foot-five, 256-pound Auclair conduct his workout with a pulled hamstring injury he sustained just 10 days earlier.

But the native of Notre-Dame-des-Pins, Que., still impressed, posting a 33 1/2-inch vertical jump and nine-foot, nine-inch broad jump _ both solid indicators of explosion and lower-body strength. He also registered a personal-best 22 reps in the 225-pound bench press and a respectable 40-yard dash time of 4.82 seconds given his physical condition.

Afterwards, five NFL teams asked to meet with Auclair. That figure quickly increased to eight, and agent Sasha Ghavami said Tuesday that 10 teams wanted to meet sit down with his client.

Ghavami wouldn’t divulge which two teams Auclair has met with or what other clubs he has future visits lined up with.

“Ten visits is almost a third of the league,” Ghavami said. “It’s something to be proud of on its own but right now we’re trying to get through the process.

“He’s just trying to meet different coaches, personnel people and get everything taken care of basically.”

This year’s tight end pool is considered a deep one, headed up by Alabama’s O.J. Howard. Auclair was projected as either a late-round pick or priority free agent before his pro day and Ghavami said it’s difficult to know if the 10 visits are a firm indication Auclair will have his name called April 27-29 in Philadelphia.

“I don’t usually like to translate visits into draft stock because they could be for a lot of different reasons we don’t know because it’s internal reasons that won’t be disclosed,” Ghavami said. “But, I mean, throughout the process many teams have told us they wouldn’t be surprised if he was drafted.

“He definitely has the talent to be drafted, it’s just a numbers game now with all the solid tight ends coming out in this draft as to whether or not he’ll be taken. But there’s definitely a buzz.”

It’s been a busy year for Auclair, whose season began in May participating in Canadian university football’s East-West Bowl. He then returned to Laval, registering 17 catches for 229 yards and two TDs while also proving to be a terrific blocker in helping the Rouge et Or capture a Vanier Cup title.

Auclair, the second-ranked prospect for the 2017 CFL draft, had six catches for 70 yards and a TD in Laval’s thrilling 31-26 championship win over Calgary.

He was named the second-ranked prospect for the 2017 CFL draft in December before heading to the East-West Shrine game in January in St. Petersburg, Fla. There, he spoke with 25 NFL clubs before turning his attention to his pro day.

The NFL teams that attended Auclair’s pro day were the Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Ghavami said Auclair’s injury is also coming along.

“It’s a bit difficult to rehab everything considering the fact that he’s travelling a lot,” Ghavami said. “But he’s feeling good and keeping up with everything.”

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23 Comments on Ten NFL clubs want to visit with Laval Rouge et Or tight end Antony Auclair

  1. Next !

    • mrnehnehincognito // April 5, 2017 at 11:05 am //

      Sorry Gem . Believe it or not some followers of 3DownNation do enjoy articles that don’t involve the Riders. Here’s a revelation for you; the world doesn’t revolve around Rider fans!

  2. mrnehnehincognito // April 5, 2017 at 11:02 am //

    Thanks for the article. One of the smartest thing CFL did was move their draft up so it’s after the NFL’s. That way it’s easier to gauge the risk of drafting players like this.

  3. Don’t be sorry ! Next !

  4. Scottsask // April 5, 2017 at 2:15 pm //

    Nice one Gem.

    • mrnehnehincognito // April 5, 2017 at 2:44 pm //

      Piling on as usual I see.

      • You deserve every bit you get stampland, can’t believe you still don’t have a life…..

        • mrnehnehincognito // April 5, 2017 at 3:03 pm //

          Really it doesn’t matter. Pile all you want. It just fuels me more and will make stamps success and riders failures in 2017 that much sweeter

  5. Scottsask // April 5, 2017 at 4:55 pm //

    Zzzzzzzzzzz

  6. Scottsask // April 5, 2017 at 5:05 pm //

    I just read the Bombers posted a 2.8 million dollar profit last year. Well done Bombers! Good news for the league, hopefully continued success and growth for our entire league, especially in the East. Bring on the tenth team! Wherever it may be.

    • mrnehnehincognito // April 5, 2017 at 5:25 pm //

      Excellent news I agree and it wasn’t even a Grey Cup year. Shows what a smart organization with a reasonable budget and sustainable stadium can do.

      • Sooo Winnipeg’s stadium is sustainable and Regina’s isn’t? What I have read is Investor stadium cost around 384 million and Mosaic cost 278 million. You just hate the Riders so much that it doesn’t matter what it is you will tell half truths to make yourself feel better about your shitty life. No one wants you on here so why don’t you just take a leap buddy.

        • mrnehnehincognito // April 6, 2017 at 7:35 pm //

          lol cost isn’t the only factor in determining the sustainability of a project. Consider Sask will take 30 plus years to pay it and a large portion will be “user pay” . This method is unreliable as you can’t determine who or if you’ll have users in that long of a span. City growth, team performance, changing technology,economic landscape, appetite of citizens to pay ever growing ticket prices. What if 10 years from now your attendance is only 18,000 per game? What if AC/DC doesn’t want to come there. Who’s on the hook? The riders? (if so it could bankrupt them) or taxpayers?
          BTW Oske stop insulting Ti-cats fan by imposing as one.We all know you are a rider fan.

  7. Back on topic… Good on Mr. Auclair for all the attention he is getting. He did his pro day injured and was still able to impress. Wish him all the best with the NFL and if he does happen to come to the CFL I’m sure any team would be happy to draft/sign him.

  8. mrnehnehincognito // April 5, 2017 at 6:46 pm //

    unfortunately Rico there are a few Rider fans that like to get off topic! We still love them

    • You are a big problem, not only are you annoying but you don’t always post truth. You are the one who gets off topic more often than not, you need to have your head checked cause something just isn’t right with you. Now after having my say I won’t be posting any more on this site till they get rid of you cause you truly make me wanna %^^%^% I feel sorry for anyone who has to put up with you in person I can just imagine how horrible that must be…..Go Cats!!!!

  9. Good for him if he is drafted or signed later by the NFL which means his stock will most likely fall in the CFL draft. By the time the CFL draft occurs, teams will know how big a risk it is to choose him.

  10. Scottsask // April 6, 2017 at 12:00 pm //

    Dear Oske, don’t let one Troll ruin all the fun. Just place him on ignore and go about your life. Remember from the children’s story, there are more Billy Goats than Trolls, and the Goats won. Keep posting and have a great day!
    Love,
    Rider Nation

  11. The Iceman // April 6, 2017 at 2:47 pm //

    @ 256lbs this player may be better suited south of the border if he wants to continue as a pass catcher. If interested in transitioning to the O-Line the CFL will be calling.

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