Riders draft pick, DB Elie Bouka impressing in Arizona

Canadian defensive back Elie Bouka has been impressing in Arizona.

The 24-year-old has fully healed from a torn Achilles, which happened during his final season at the University of Calgary. A hamstring injury suffered in training camp with the Cardinals last year, after signing with Arizona as an undrafted free agent, kept him on injured reserve for all of the 2016 season.

Below, Bouka locks up in man coverage against Cardinals 2017 third-round pick Chad Williams who runs the 40-yard dash in the 4.3-second range.

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Bouka closes on Williams and makes a spectacular one-handed interception.

Then he makes another play on the football.

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Receiver Aaron Dobson, 2013 second round pick, runs an in-breaking route and Bouka drives on it for a pick.

Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians says Bouka’s big, strong and fast and he’s got all the athletic ability in the world. Arizona’s football personnel men are high on the Laval, Que. native.

Bouka was a third-round pick, 24th overall by the Roughriders in the 2016 CFL draft, but if he keeps making plays and trending upwards it could be a while – if ever – that Saskatchewan gets him in a green and white uniform.

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23 Comments on Riders draft pick, DB Elie Bouka impressing in Arizona

  1. mrnehnehincognito // June 13, 2017 at 11:17 am //

    It hurts losing a draft pick to the NFL. Believe me we are all too familiar in Calgary. The riders can’t afford to keep drafting guys that never come fruition.

  2. Scottsask // June 13, 2017 at 11:33 am //

    I was hoping we might get him here. Looks like he’s performing so good luck to him. I guess Jones can spot talent, Canadian talent.

    • mrnehnehincognito // June 13, 2017 at 11:54 am //

      Not really. He was a top prospect who had NFL attention. Jones was just the one willing to take the risk first.(Like Auclair this year). Looks like a bad risk that will again cost the riders Canadian depth

    • mrnehnehincognito // June 13, 2017 at 11:55 am //

      Not really. He was a top prospect who had NFL attention. Jones was just the one willing to take the risk first.(Like Auclair this year). Looks like a bad risk that will again cost the riders Canadian depth again

  3. mrnehnehincognito // June 13, 2017 at 11:59 am //

    Nothing Jones has done shows any “eye for talent” Honestly Scott sask you and I could have done what Jones has done in terms of the players he’s signed

    • Hey Mr. Empty words, stop talking. Seriously if what you were saying had value then great, but it doesn’t. Look above you loser because outside of people telling you to shut up, you are the only one yapping.

  4. Riders13 // June 13, 2017 at 12:26 pm //

    Mark week 5 on your calendar when the Riders stomp the stamps.

    • mrnehnehincognito // June 13, 2017 at 1:34 pm //

      I keep reading that same comment a lot on here riders13. What happens if you lose that day? Will you be able to stomach the push back you and riders fans will be due?

  5. Glad to see the kid doing well in the big game!

  6. mrnehnehincognito the more you yap the dumber you appear, Every post by 3Down you have to yap about the Riders. Be prepared for your glorious stumps to choke yet again.

    • mrnehnehincognito // June 13, 2017 at 1:31 pm //

      And you look forward to another less than mediocre season John

      • So you are finally admitting the Stumps are chokers

        • mrnehnehincognito // June 13, 2017 at 2:21 pm //

          In the simple context that rider fans can understand I will call them that just to keep the conversation understandable for you.

          However what happens to the Stamps is the same thing that’s happened to BC or Montreal previously but really I won’t get into it. It’s beyond what rider fan can comprehend with their team

          • now we understand the definition of choke quiet well. I actually gave you the sports definition of choke a couple of weeks back. Funny I didn’t hear any response to that one. I can pull it out again if you need a refresher.

        • mrnehnehincognito // June 13, 2017 at 3:46 pm //

          Lol very true you did. I’m not sure the “sports” definition is the most accurate nor is it comprehensive enough other than to give a very rudimentary definition. This is an appropriate definition for rider fans as its all your circumstances and experiences allow you comprehend. But as I say let’s use it for your simplicities sake

          • mrnehnehincognito // June 13, 2017 at 10:54 pm //

            When you combine your wins the last 2 years you didn’t even have enough for 1 .500 season. Lolol

          • Funny how you yap and yap and don’t say anything which is one of the reasons I referred to you as Mr. Trump (that and the complete BS). Anyway talk all you want because the definition is what it is and it fits. All your bullshit won’t change that and it won’t change the fact that the Stamps have been chokers in the playoffs. Facts are facts and this is not “fake news” hahaha.

  7. mrnehnehincognito // June 13, 2017 at 11:22 pm //

    So you won’t answer this? Pretty cowardly

  8. melonhead // June 14, 2017 at 2:36 pm //

    Wow a couple of very impressive plays for Bouka! Talk about a lottery ticket if he ever washes out of the NFL. I love that Jones and crew are taking chances on a guy or two like this every draft.

    Even if they don’t ever play in the CFL, it’s balanced out by things like getting extra picks in trades or signing Canadians that other teams don’t properly value like Mrabure and Guy. Plus there’s no guarantee any draft pick will pan out so why not go for the most talented players.

    • mrnehnehincognito // June 14, 2017 at 5:03 pm //

      Yeah…throw in 90 players at practice and Jones has found the Winning formula

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