With the NFL draft now over, CFL prospects are now in the process of securing free agent contracts and invites to mini-camp.
Generally speaking, a player who has been drafted has the best chance of actually making an NFL squad while a free agent contract is the next best thing. A mini-camp invite offers little by the way of guarantees for a player, though Canadian players have parlayed them into NFL contracts (most notably current Carolina Panthers offensive lineman David Foucault and Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive tackle Linden Gaydosh in 2013.)
The three-day NFL rookie mini-camps will be held either May 6-9 or May 13-16. The New York Giants, who have invited five of the top-ranked CFL prospects, will hold their rookie mini-camp on May 6-9.
The CFL Draft, meanwhile, takes place on May 10. That means teams could be drafting players without a clear picture as to their availability for the upcoming CFL season. Canadian rookie camps are set to open on May 25, with main training camp starting on May 29.
Here is a look at top 20 prospects, as ranked by CFL central scouting, and their NFL prospects.
|1||David Onyemata||DL||Drafted by Saints|
|2||Tevaun Smith||REC||Signed as a free agent by Colts|
|3||Mehsi Abdesmad||DL||Signed as a free agent by Titans|
|4||Arjen Colquhoun||DB||Signed as a free agent by Cowboys|
|5||Josiah St. John||OL|
|6||Charles Vaillancourt||OL||Attending mini-camp with Giants, Raiders|
|7||Alex Singleton||LB||Attending mini-camp with Patriots|
|8||Trent Corney||DL||Attending mini-camp with Jets|
|9||Philippe Gagnon||OL||Attending mini-camp with Giants|
|11||Taylor Loffler||DB||Attending mini-camp with Giants|
|13||Mercer Timmis||RB||Attending mini-camp with Giants|
|18||Elie Bouka||DB||Signed as a free agent by Arizona|
|20||Doug Corby||REC||Attending mini-camp with Giants|
|–||Brandon Revenberg||OL||Attending mini-camp with Giants|
|–||D.J. Lalama||LB||Attending mini-camp with Giants|
|–||Mike Jones||REC||Attending mini-camp with Redskins|
|–||Terrell Davis||LB||Attending mini-camp with Giants|