Who’s going where: CFL prospects and their NFL opportunities

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.

Name Pos NFL interest
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
10 Brian Jones WR
11 Taylor Loffler DB  Attending mini-camp with Giants
12 Juwan Brescacin WR
13 Mercer Timmis RB  Attending mini-camp with Giants
14 Dillon Guy OL
15 Anthony Thompson DB
16 Michael Couture OL
17 Jason Lauzon-Seguin OL
18 Elie Bouka DB Signed as a free agent by Arizona
19 Llevi Noel REC
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

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