One lonely Alouette and six other facts about the TSN Top 50

TSN put out their Top 50 CFL players this morning and while there will be plenty of talk around omissions and outright snubs, let’s take a look at seven quick facts about the list.

1. The Bombers have the most players with nine, followed by the Riders, Ticats and Redblacks with seven. The Argos have six players, the Stamps, Esks and Lions have four.

2. The Montreal Alouettes have just a single player on the list: defensive back Tommie Campbell at No. 35.

3 The Riders have four players in the top 15, the most of any team, followed by the Bombers with three. Neither the Ticats or the Alouettes have a player in the Top 15.

4. There is one player – offensive lineman Travis Bond – who doesn’t have a team. He was officially cut by the Riders on Sunday.

5. There are 13 receivers on the list, seven offensive lineman and only six quarterbacks – that’s right, there are more offensive lineman on the list than quarterbacks. There are also eight defensive backs, six linebackers, five defensive linemen and one kicker (Justin Medlock.)

6. Before the big boys get too cocky, six of the seven offensive linemen are ranked in the bottom 25 players while five of the six quarterbacks are in the top 25.

7. 10 of the players on the list are nationals, including Andrew Harris at No. 3 and Alex Singleton at No. 5. But eight of the 10 are in the bottom 25, including four offensive linemen.

The TSN Top 50

1. Mike Reilly, QB, Edmonton Eskimos
2. Bo Levi Mitchell, QB, Calgary Stampeders
3. Andrew Harris, RB, Winnipeg Blue Bombers* 1
4. Solomon Elimimian, LB, BC Lions
5. Alex Singleton, LB, Calgary Stampeders* 2
6. Ricky Ray, QB, Toronto Argonauts
7. Greg Ellingson, REC, Ottawa Redblacks
8. Duron Carter, REC/DB, Saskatchewan Roughriders
9. S.J. Green, REC, Toronto Argonauts
10. Willie Jefferson, DL, Saskatchewan Roughriders
11. James Wilder Jr., RB, Toronto Argonauts
12. Stanley Bryant, OL, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
13. Charleston Hughes, DL, Saskatchewan Roughriders
14. Matt Nichols, QB, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
15. Ed Gainey, DB, Saskatchewan Roughriders
16. Bryan Burnham, REC, BC Lions
17. Micah Johnson, DL, Calgary Stampeders
18. Adam Bighill, LB, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
19. Trevor Harris, QB, Ottawa Redblacks
20. Derel Walker, REC, Edmonton Eskimos
21. Almondo Sewell, DL, Edmonton Eskimos
22. Brandon Banks, REC/RET, Hamilton Tiger-cats
23. Chris Randle, DB, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
24. Diontae Spencer, REC/RET, Ottawa Redblacks
25. Naaman Roosevelt, REC, Saskatchewan Roughriders
26. William Powell, RB, Ottawa Redblacks
27. Sean McEwen, OL, Toronto Argonauts*
28. Kyries Hebert, LB, Ottawa Redblacks
29. Jerome Messam, RB, Saskatchewan Roughriders*
30. TJ Heath, DB, Toronto Argonauts
31. Larry Dean, LB, Hamilton Tiger-cats
32. Richard Leonard, DB, Hamilton Tiger-cats
33. Brendon LaBatte, OL, Saskatchewan Roughriders*
34. Emmanuel Arceneaux, REC, BC Lions
35. Tommie Campbell, DB, Montreal Alouettes
36. Maurice Leggett, LB/DB, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
37. Luke Tasker, REC, Hamilton Tiger-cats
38. Ciante Evans, DB, Calgary Stampeders
39. Taylor Loffler, DB, Winnipeg Blue Bombers*
40. Ted Laurent, DL, Hamilton Tiger-cats*
41. Chris Rainey, RB/RET, BC Lions
42. Justin Medlock, K/P, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
43. Darvin Adams, REC, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
44. Matt O’Donnell, OL, Edmonton Eskimos*
45. Chris Van Zeyl, OL, Toronto Argonauts*
46. Travis Bond, OL, free agent
47. Sirvincent Rogers, OL, Ottawa Redblacks
48. Simoni Lawrence, LB, Hamilton Tiger-cats
49. Jeremiah Masoli, QB, Hamilton Tiger-cats
50. Brad Sinopoli, REC, Ottawa Redblacks*
* denotes national player


43 Comments on One lonely Alouette and six other facts about the TSN Top 50

  1. Chris AB // June 12, 2018 at 9:14 am //

    it’s the ‘Canadian’ Football League….is this just PC nonsense, referring to Canadian players as ‘nationals’? may as well just call it the ‘National’ Football League 😛

    • Paul Bomber // June 12, 2018 at 10:30 am //

      It’s not PC actually, more of a “fine print” situation. I don’t recall the exact details, but there are circumstances where someone can be considered a “National Player” without being Canadian, and so I guess they wanted to avoid a situation where you call a guy “Canadian” and he’s not. By calling him a “National” player, it establishes his status as a non-import without mis-identifying him as a Canadian.

    • No, it’s to get around a discrimination lawsuit, that American players said that jobs were being withheld from them based on their nationality. So the CFL came up with the Import/Non-Import rule (now National/International) with factors going over and above strict nationality to protect the ratio without needing to define players as “Canadian” and “American”.

  2. Sun always shines at McMahon // June 12, 2018 at 9:18 am //

    No actually
    The Stamps have 6 and the riders have have 5.
    Lets do a proper representation TSN. Messam and Hughes made this list for accomplishments with the Stampeders.
    I guess this is what happens when the province of Sask buys favoritism from TSN.

    • grnrider // June 12, 2018 at 9:34 am //

      Obviously you’ve never paid attention to this list before. The player is ALWAYS listed as a player for the team that they are CURRENTLY with – NOT the team that they were with last year. Not saying it’s fair but that’s they way it’s always been.
      So STOP with your Rider favoritism crap.

      • Sun always shines at McMahon // June 12, 2018 at 10:15 am //

        It’s no coincidence that the province buys Ad time on TSN. It is solely to get favorable press.

        • Geee , genius , how novel that someone spends advertising $$$ to get favorable press, I guess you as a successful ALBERTA guy would spend advertising $$$ to get BAD press!!!! Seems to match your intelligence level RED , seems Football is not the only thing ya know sweet FA about .

    • MR. Green // June 12, 2018 at 9:43 am //

      Stamps traded Hughes, dont want anything to do with him, he is no longer a part of the organization. Messam had a stint in Calgary, however, no longer a part of them as he elected to go where he wanted to be (his words). 4 Stamps in total. Be happy, that’s double what it should be. Moncrief will be #1 next year because this year, he will dominate.

      • Sun always shines at McMahon // June 12, 2018 at 10:22 am //

        Truth is, you can have all the Top 50 you want. I’ll take the winning football thanks.
        FYI – Calgary informed Massam last December that they had no intention of offering him a contract.
        Players say that all the time when they sign with a new team, only riderfans seem to think its note worthy.

        • MR. Green // June 12, 2018 at 11:32 am //

          Of course. We all would rather win. I’m sure some players will be upset they are not on it or higher, as usual. This list does not get the Riders wins, even if we had a dozen.
          To be honest, I’m surprised the Stamps don’t have an O-lineman somewhere in there. Curious to see who just missed. Also some good young players across the league who will make the jump.

        • “Winning” means championships in pro sports buddy. Everything is forgotten except by bottom feeders like yourself. You’ve never played sports have you?

    • riderontheisland // June 12, 2018 at 11:09 am //

      Sore loser you are and you are WRONG. The Stamps don’t have those players anymore and they are Riders so the list is correct.

    • Puck Hog // June 12, 2018 at 2:34 pm //

      Time for some tough love, Red: Shut up!

  3. RicoBeBlue&Gold // June 12, 2018 at 9:38 am //

    Sunny, you must be the janitor at McMahon. Every post is, me hate Riders! Get over yourself.

  4. Just saying // June 12, 2018 at 9:40 am //

    I agree Messam and Hugh’s accomplishment’s were with the stamps. But they are on the riders now. I’m sure there are lots of players on this list that have switched teams.

  5. Teams do carry a lot more offensive linemen than quarterbacks so there are more to choose from.

  6. Take this // June 12, 2018 at 10:21 am //

    The more interesting question is will they be on the list next year and will they still be with the Riders. My guess would be no to both.

  7. Paul Bomber // June 12, 2018 at 10:24 am //

    Sinopoli needed to be on this list (I was surprised when he was dropped from the 3Down list).
    Kyries Hebert? Please retire!! I think he’s on this list by reputation… he hasn’t been a top-50 player for a couple of years. Now? Nothing more than a cheap-shot artist looking to injure guys. I don’t mind things like an OLineman trying to intimidate guy with a shove or dig or whatever… but what Hebert does to his fellow CFLPA members is bad for the league.

  8. Where's Shultz? // June 12, 2018 at 10:29 am //

    Surprised Tyrell Sutton is not on this list. He’s the best player the Al’s have had for years and is thought of very highly by players around the league. His stats don’t look great because he plays on the worst team in the league. Respect his loyalty though, most talented guys look to jump ship when they aren’t doing well.

  9. Sun always shines at McMahon // June 12, 2018 at 10:35 am //

    Rob Maver should be on the list as should J’Gared Davis

    • MR. Green // June 12, 2018 at 12:03 pm //

      I can see Davis, but a punter? Maver is the best up here, however a punter “only” is not a top 50 IMO. I would take everyone on the list and more if I was picking a team from scratch. If you can’t punt for coverage your out anyway.

      • Sixbeamers // June 12, 2018 at 1:09 pm //

        The TSN “top 50” doesn’t represent the best 50 players in the league, since voters (selected members of the CFL media, not TSN exclusively) are mandated to pick from specific position groups. Thus, there must be a certain number of offensive and defensive linemen — or defensive backs — included as well as a punter or kicker. That’s how Maver gets on this list and why Tyrell Sutton, for instance, is not. There is a limit to the number of quarterbacks, running backs and receivers — the so-called “skill positions” — permitted to be picked, so they don’t dominate the top 50 entirely.
        Some players who fail to see their names here get their noses out of joint. But they must remember: the TSN “top 50” is not the same as the TSN “50 best.”

      • Sun always shines at McMahon // June 12, 2018 at 6:40 pm //

        He may be the punter, but I’ve seen him do amazing things, like pulling in a soon to be blocked punt and running 20 yards for a 1st down

    • Actually the Riders Aussie punter is the best in the league. But nice try!

  10. I really don’t care for this or other similar lists. I regard them with dread rather than anticipation. Its a team game. Taking a player out of his team context is quite misleading and excessively individualistic.

    • Sun always shines at McMahon // June 12, 2018 at 11:18 am //

      That is the absolute truth FrankS. This is the most sensible comment I’ve read on here.

      • Hahaha….wooo, that’s funny hahaha – You had me at sensible comment haha, oh Lord that’s hilarious. Thanks red, I needed that wooh.

    • Paul Bomber // June 12, 2018 at 1:32 pm //

      Naahhhh…. I think you’re taking them too seriously. They’re nothing but a bit of fun, allow a few fans to gloat, a few to whine. But I do agree with you: this is subjective, so art, not science.

  11. Sir Gallahan of the Prairie // June 12, 2018 at 12:02 pm //

    Hey Red just an FYI… Messam has been on the list more than just his time in Calgary. I don’t remember some sad sad person commenting that SK should get credit for that. Why is it that you feel a player that has been traded and disgarded by a team should still represent that team. In what way are those players going to help that team?
    Then once you realize that you are incorrect you throw out a Province advertising on the site affects TSN on who makes the list? Well does Winnipeg advertise on the site. Or the EE’s? Red you wonder why there are so many negative comments on McMahon and Bo and other Calgary Stampeder things. It’s really simple … you start it all the time. You continually attack the one team with the largest fan base. It’s like your a gluten for Pumishment.
    Why don’t you try commenting for a whole week with an open mind instead of a mind so full of hate and jealousy. It might take a few days of articles before people realize your serious. Give it a try Red. Seriously what do you have to lose. Certainly not your dignity. But you could get it back.

  12. The Stamps are in disarray. No leadership from their coach, no leadership in their locker room….and a QB who is one hit away from shoulder surgery.

    • Eh hate to admit it , but ‘team disarray’ took our guys a bit to the wood shed last Friday night . So lets see how the regular season plays out, the stamps and riders will probably be just fine. Bridge didn’t forget how to play football in the offseason . Jones and Hufnagel didn’t get lobotomies so are still very intelligent football guys. Although I still CANT STAND the arrogant look on Hufnagel and Dickersons mugs, and some of the tasteless comments they have made over the years regarding the Riders. Needless to say they never will be on my Christmas card list !!! but a good house egging at halloween would be fun.

      • Sun always shines at McMahon // June 12, 2018 at 6:52 pm //

        what exactly have Huff and Dave said about the riders?
        All I remember is Jones blabbing on after every rider lose the the Stamps. How Calgary is using double moves (as does every team), how Calgary is spying on their practices blah blah blah

  13. Sixbeamers // June 12, 2018 at 12:35 pm //

    Where’s Johnny Manziel on this list?

  14. White Horse // June 12, 2018 at 1:29 pm //

    Not one O-lineman from the Stamps who have had the best O-line in the league for three or four seasons. Spencer Wilson is a vet and he plays every position on the line.
    Matt O’Donnell is on the list and not Wilson…WRONG!
    Also if Shaq Richardson and Dan Federkeil were with the Stamps they would be on the list. Stamps have gotten much younger as a result.

  15. Paul Bomber // June 12, 2018 at 2:07 pm //

    So, what I’ll say about the Stamps O’Line is it has been REMARKABLE at absorbing injuries and performing at a high level. A snub that not one guy got on the list? Could be.
    But I would humbly suggest the Bomber O’Line has been better. Could they have survived the injuries Calgary absorbed? I dunno… that was pretty impressive, but the Bomber’s top-scoring Offensive performance despite relying on a Defense that had trouble getting off the field, very low sack numbers, rushing stats, etc. put up a good argument for Wpg.

  16. This ranking list get more embarrassing every year.

    It loses all credibility having Duron Carter at #8 and Naaman Roosevelt at #25. There’s no comparison between the two as Roosevelt is an infinitely better receiver – – superior routes, superior hands.

  17. Bighill at #18 is way too low – – he and Elimimian were pretty much equals as the two best defensive players in the league.

    Sewell at #21 is also way too low. Putting a couple of has-beens like Charlie Hughes and Sloppy Joe Green ahead of him is absurd.

    Travis Bond is sitting on the scrap heap, but this asinine list considers him to be the 46th best player in the league.

  18. Edward Leslie // June 13, 2018 at 6:49 am //

    Speaking of “Nationals”, there is one situation in the CFL that is a complete mystery to me.
    Saskatchewan’s punter Josh Bartel was born and raised in Australia, but is considered a “National”.
    Montreal’s Placekicker Boris Bede was born and raised in France, but is considered an “International”.

    It seems that Bede would have a slightly better case to be considered a National. He went to a Canadian university for five years and got his training there. He is a graduate of the Laval Rouge et Or.

    So… why is Bartel a national and Bede is not?
    Can someone explain this puzzling situation?

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