What the scouts are saying about CFL prospects at the Senior Bowl

After Canadians Justin Senior and Jordan Herdman spent last week at the Senior Bowl, we reached out to a number of CFL player personnel types to get their assessment on how the pair performed at the annual showcase event held each year in Mobile, Alabama. The NFL Network broadcast three days of practices and the game on Saturday. Four players from last year’s game were selected in the first round of the NFL draft.

The 6-foot-5, 310-pound Senior, a native Jamaican who grew up in Montreal, was a three-year starter at Mississippi State and is the CFL scouting bureau’s top-ranked prospect for this year’s draft.

Herdman hails from Winnipeg and is currently ranked No. 16 by the CFL. He played his senior season at Simon Fraser, which competes in NCAA Division II in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Listed at 6-foot-2, 235 pounds, Herdman holds conference records in career tackles (428), single-season (165) and single-game (26).

Neither player featured prominently in the game but each managed some screen time. Herdman made one of the game’s best tackles (the first clip in the highlight below) while Senior’s most notable moment came when he was pushed back into quarterback Joshua Dobbs leading to an interception (second clip.)

Here’s what the CFL scouts had to say about Senior: “Lacks consistency, had some good and bad days past few weeks, good size, doesn’t strike effectively on every play, bright kid but not sure he has the bulk and fight to play inside at guard…we watched Senior closely this week. He has NFL talent and it showed in practice.  They might move him to guard down there, but, either way, we won’t see him for a few years in our league. He might be like Phillip Blake, or he may play down there in the NFL his whole career…He did well. He has the size and length that you need as well as the athleticism. He pass protects really well and he’s a good kid, too. He’s definitely on the NFL radar so we’ll see where he gets drafted in our league.”

Here’s what the CFL scouts had to say about Herdman: “It all depends on his work out numbers, lacks ideal height but showed good hustle to the ball…It’s a big jump from Simon Fraser to playing with the big boys in Mobile. That’s serious football talent when you go do down there to the Senior Bowl. Herdman got better with every day of practice, but I still don’t see him as an NFL player. Could be wrong, though, and we’ll have to see how his workouts go this spring. What’s he going to run?  How’s he going to test in the other drills? Does he even come to our CFL combine or does his American agent fill his head with American BS that he’s too good for our league?  If he doesn’t come to our combine it will be even harder for me and my coaching staff to evaluate him….It was a bit of surprise that he got an invite to the Senior Bowl but he didn’t look out of place… he’s got a powerful U.S. agent who has a reputation for finding diamonds in the rough….The big question on him is his speed but he’s a physical kid… I’m not sure if he gets drafted in the NFL but he will get a look down there, especially on special teams. It wouldn’t be a shock if he makes it.”

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