Top draft prospect ruled ineligible over failed drug test

Canadian receiver Rashaun Simonise has been bumped from the 2017 CFL draft to the 2018 pick-fest, per Postmedia’s Scott Mitchell.

The 21-year-old pass catcher had his draft eligibility changed due to the CFL’s drug policy.

He was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 NFL season after being caught using steroids. It’s another twist in Simonise’s circuitous route to a pro football career.

Simonise was deemed eligible for the NFL’s 2016 supplemental draft. He held a Pro Day at the University of Calgary last July, which six NFL teams attended. After going unselected in the supplemental draft, Cincinnati signed the six-foot-five, 200-pounder to a free agent contract. After training camp with the Bengals, he came back to Canada to play for the CJFL’s Okanagan Sun. He’s been an NFL free agent since.

Meanwhile, Simonise was the fourth rated, and highest ranked receiver on the CFL’s December scouting bureau list.

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