No contract offers for Canadian players invited to NFL rookie mini-camps

While a number of CFL Draft picks attended NFL rookie mini-camps this year, no player garnered a contract offer.

The list includes Central Michigan University receiver Mark Chapman (Giants), University of Alberta offensive lineman Mark Korte (Jets and Giants), University of Ottawa defensive back Jackson Bennett (Giants), Western University fullback David Mackie (Giants), University of Montreal receiver Regis Cibasu (Bears), University of Nebraska offensive lineman David Knevel (Raiders and Saints) and University of British Columbia receiver Will Watson (Giants). Rice University offensive lineman Peter Godber turned down invites from NFL teams, including the Houston Texans to focus on the CFL.

With those NFL camps complete, the focus shifts towards getting deals done with the respective CFL teams that drafted the athletes north of the border. The exception is Cibasu, chosen in the third round, 20th overall, who will not attend Toronto Argonauts training camp and instead focus on his studies and return to university.

Offensive lineman Dakoda Shepley, taken fifth overall by the Saskatchewan Roughriders, signed a priority undrafted contract with the New York Jets and is set attend training camp with the NFL club while and Toronto Argonauts ninth overall selection, offensive lineman Ryan Hunter will do the same with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Chapman was taken first overall by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Godber third overall, first round by the B.C. Lions, Korte fourth overall, first round by the Ottawa Redblacks, Bennett 11th overall, second round by the Ticats, Mackie 16h overall, second round by the Lions, Knevel 21st overall, third round by the Lions and Watson 54th overall, seventh round by the Leos.

Justin Dunk

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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11 Comments on No contract offers for Canadian players invited to NFL rookie mini-camps

  1. Thanks for the update Justin.

  2. Mr Red. // May 15, 2018 at 5:58 pm //

    Mark Korte is going to be a great o-lineman

  3. MJ Bandit // May 15, 2018 at 11:21 pm //

    Bunch of no talent scrubs.

    Signed: Jeff Spam-boy 51

    • patlynch // May 16, 2018 at 5:25 am //

      Thanks for your positive comments on Canadian football and it’s players. I’m sure that you had a long and storied career playing video games in your mother’s basement. Vote Quimby !

  4. No idea why these CIS guys waste their time with NFL “rookie mini-camps” instead of just focusing on the CFL. None of them had a hope in hell of getting an NFL contract.

    These characters should familiarize themselves with the career path of Brett Jones.

    Jones didn’t waste his time pissing around in “rookie mini camps” desperately trying to be someone’s tackling dummy.

    He went straight to Calgary after the CFL draft, won most outstanding rookie then followed that up with most outstanding lineman.

    THEN went down to the NFL when he was ready to play.

    • as Mr Red will say later you always try the best competition that way you will know if you rule or not

      tell em Red

  5. Mini-camps might be a good learning experience, contract or not.

  6. big guy // May 16, 2018 at 2:45 pm //

    I think they go for two reasons, its a good learning experience with top notch coaches and it gives them exposure if they want to try the NFL later in their career.

  7. Jose Perez // May 16, 2018 at 9:26 pm //

    It’s all experience in the end. It’s about saying I tried. Being around the coaching experience and talking to those coaches is an reward in its self. Now when they come to camp here they will be even more determined to make the team and get a roster spot.
    Good luck to them all.
    It’s getting them to sign and some play games or their agents do. Hopefully their hunger makes them want to sign faster than previous players who stalled.

  8. Hey fellas to those who went south for a intro. Head north young man and keep the border open. A few more will be following you guys come Sept. 1 when final cut down day arrives in the NFL.

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