Justin Dunk’s final CFL mock draft

Every CFL team has finalized grades and set the draft board for the 2018 CFL draft.

There is some high calibre talent available at various positions and after lots of conversations with player personnel men across the CFL, the last mock is ready.

1) Ticats – Mark Chapman, REC, Central Michigan

Chapman was the star of the CFL draft process. Hamilton moved up one spot to secure the one player they coveted above all others. The son of a Marine is viewed as the most pro-ready player in the draft.

2) Alouettes – Trey Rutherford, OL, UConn

After acquiring all-star Ryan Bomben, the Alouettes continue to strengthen their offensive line. Rutherford showed plenty of upside during his senior season and there are teams who believe Rutherford could have a chance to play tackle in the CFL.

3) Lions – Peter Godber, OL, Rice

General manager Ed Hervey continues his mission to rework the Lions in the trenches by grabbing an experienced, proven, physical talent in Godber. He’s strong and brings lots of high-level NCAA starting experience.

4) Redblacks – Jackson Bennett, DB, Ottawa

Versatility has been the mandate of Ottawa’s approach on defence since landing Noel Thorpe. Bennett provides that in Canadian form and is the closest comparable player to Antoine Pruneau who Marcel Desjardins selected in 2014, also fourth overall. Bennett is lightning fast and smooth. He’s viewed as one of the safest picks in the draft from character and pro production standpoints.

5) Riders – Rashaun Simonise, REC, Calgary

Chris Jones covets long athletes and Simonise fits. The reality is Simonise is one of only three players in the class (Ryan Hunter and Dakoda Shepley) to garner an NFL contract. Simonise’s CFL combine numbers were actually better than his pro day performance from 2016 that earned him the deal from the Cincinnati Bengals. Game-changing receiver talent who could play after some time learning to be a pro.

6) Ticats – Godfrey Onyeka, DB, Laurier

Onyeka could potentially play safety, corner or linebacker in the CFL. Hamilton employs a national at safety in Courtney Stephen, a Golden Hawk alumni, and he’s got the ability to play corner. By the nature of his natural physical style, Onyeka will make an impact on special teams immediately while developing into a possible starter on the backend which could provide flexibility for the Ticats.

7) Lions – Julien Laurent, DL, Georgia State

Hervey flips over to the defensive line and lands the best interior prospect in the draft. Laurent can be an anchor and keep linebackers (Solomon Elimimian) clean to make plays. Pairing Laurent with Junior Luke gives the Leos a nice tandem.

8) Stampeders – Mark Korte, OL, Alberta

Korte is the most athletic USports lineman outside of Dakoda Shepley who has an NFL contract from the New York Jets. Calgary stays in the province to upgrade an offensive line that lost Pierre Lavertu to retirement recently.

9) Argos – David Knevel, OL, Nebraska

Toronto sits back and sees Knevel fall to them. Jim Popp and Marc Trestman like to play with as many Canadians on the offensive line as possible and Knevel could develop as the heir apparent to Chris Van Zeyl.

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Justin Dunk

Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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16 Comments on Justin Dunk’s final CFL mock draft

  1. Huff's Neighbor // May 3, 2018 at 2:51 pm //

    Justin, the Riders are not taking a receiver with their first pick. Bank on it.

    • Green=Money // May 3, 2018 at 3:06 pm //

      Not unless they have a trade in the works with another team. Otherwise I agree with you.

  2. Rick Cowan // May 3, 2018 at 3:01 pm //

    Justin give your head a shake the are not taking a receiver with there first pick what is it with you reporters saying the Rider’s will draft a receiver

    • BC Dave // May 3, 2018 at 7:55 pm //

      THEIR first pick man, THEIR.
      And before the resident troll asks, ” who cares”, you should, assuming you expect to be taken seriously. DO you really expect people to take anything you say seriously when you don’t know the language at a grade 5 level?

  3. Riders23 // May 3, 2018 at 3:09 pm //

    ROTFLMAO , Dunk is pure comedic reading ! Well give the man credit , he was smart enough to create his own job , as his total lack of talent would of found him shoveling poop outta horse stalls for a living if waiting to be hired by someone else. Yeeeesh !!!! what a sad excuse for a objective journalist !!!

  4. Agree more with Marshall Ferguson The Cats take an OL guy likely Rutherford and hope that Peterman is still available at 6. OL is always the safe bet. Rutherford apprentices for a year and slots behind Rice and Schram. If Chapman is pro ready where does it fit in with Chambers, Jones, Faubert-Lussier all players with pro experience and then they have the sprinter Haynes and Scarfone who June Jones said really opened his eyes at mini camp. Chapman won’t be available at 6 but Peterman might be. And he can play special teams and learn to be a pro.

  5. I don’t think the Riders take Simonise with their 5th overall pick but Chris Jones usually manages to F-up his first pick so maybe he does take Simonise? More likely Jones takes an OL that can only press 2 reps at 225lbs or someone else with mental health issues – Jones seems to like those guys.

    • Huff's Neighbor // May 3, 2018 at 3:32 pm //

      Who’s your team Yoshi, so we can make stupid comments about them and their HC. Just answer the question.

      • Riders. who is your team?

        • Huff's Neighbor // May 3, 2018 at 4:04 pm //

          Just curious why the negative Nelly shtick. Don’t we get enough S&B from Mrs Red and her coverts? I am sure you can do better than Jones. Then again, I am sure you can’t. Just be a fan, not a hater.

  6. Bud, I have my opinion – sorry if it differs from yours. No matter how you color things – JSJ and Judge were busts as 1st and 2nd overall picks. JSJ’s metrics and lack of strength should have been red flags. Maybe Judge gets it together this year I don’t know but the fact that he was a late eligibility addition probably meant that homework was skipped that shouldn’t have been.
    I’m a big fan of Jones but when it comes to the cdn draft and penalty challenges – he can do better. Thank god the league is cutting back on challenges.

    • I think your analysis is a bust Yoshi. Cameron has only been in the league one year, and he was injured for most of that year, and you’re calling him a bust? He’s a bust for being injured? That’s some pretty epic stupidity right there, my friend. You’ve got a bit more of an argument on JSJ, the truth is the jury is still out on him.

    • Huff's Neighbor // May 3, 2018 at 4:54 pm //

      Fine then. You think the draft is a no brain’r. It’s not. NO way in hell or before Mrs Red leaves the basement can anyone predict how a player will or will not develop. I say JSJ will still prove to be a great pick and when Judge gets healthy, he has the pedigree to start in the middle. Riders will be solid this year, better than last.

  7. RFD – I would love it if I was wrong, my friend. I hope JSJ manages to start this year, albeit because of injury, but maybe he comes through.
    Judge could turn out well; indications are he has the physical qualities (speed/strength) to play the position. There is promising stuff on his twitter indicating he wants to play.

  8. BigGus // May 3, 2018 at 7:22 pm //

    Simonise is top level talent, but not sure teams will take him in first round if there are other receivers who could project out to be on opening day rosters. Simonise is high risk but likely has highest ceiling of all the receivers.
    Look for Ottawa to take either Korte or Lawrence from the U of A.

  9. Jeff Garcia's Agent // May 4, 2018 at 1:03 pm //

    To his credit, he got the first 3 right.

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