Canadians perform at NFL Combines

A group of Canadian National Football League hopefuls worked out for NFL scouts at the Baltimore Regional Combine on Saturday, February 27. While defensive lineman Mehdi Abdesmad went through the paces at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis on Sunday, February 28.

In Baltimore, Concordia defensive back Mikael Charland checked in at six-foot-three-and-a-half, 211 lbs. with a 32.50-inch arm length and 8.5-inch hand measurement. He recorded a 34-inch vertical leap, 10-foot, four-inch broad jump, 4.13-second shuttle and 4.67-second 40-yard sprint time.

The CIS second-team All-Canadian DB made 46.5 tackles, three interceptions and one fumble recovery for Concordia in 2015. Charland has been invited to the National CFL Combine set for March 11-13 in Toronto. He’s a top safety prospect in the 2016 CFL Draft class.

Fellow Stinger, offensive lineman Roman Grozman, Montreal fullback Nicholas Narbonne Bourque, Laval receiver Felix Faubert-Lussier, Eastern New Mexico defensive lineman Denzel Philip, Laval linebacker Shayne Gauthier, Montreal linebacker/defensive back Maiko Zepeda and Laval defensive back J.P Bolduc also showed off their skills at the Baltimore NFL Regional.

Meanwhile, Abdesmad performed at the NFL Combine in Indy. The Montreal, Quebec native registered at six-foot, six inches tall, 284 lbs. with a 33 and three-eighths inch arm length and nine and three-quarter inch hand size. He put up 25 reps of 225 lbs. on the bench press, 29.5-inch vertical leap, nine-foot broad jump and ran a 5.10-second 40-yard dash.

In 11 games Abdesmad racked up 49 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks in his senior season at Boston College.

He was the No. 4 rated prospect on the CFL’s December Scouting Bureau rankings list.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.