Justin Dunk’s CFL mock draft 1.0

Draft boards are taking shape across front offices in the CFL, which means puzzle pieces are coming together with somewhat of an idea about how the first round might shake out on May 7.

Only one defensive lineman from the 2016 Canadian pick-fest – Trent Corney – stuck with the team that originally drafted them last season. That could give us a run on defensive linemen when draft day comes this year. Let’s get to the pre-CFL combine mock draft.

1) Bombers – Faith Ekakitie, DL, Iowa

Flashed ability to be a load in the middle with the Hawkeyes, needs more seasoning and he could be really good.

2) RidersDariusz Bladek, OL, Bethune-Cookman

Bladek’s been through the NFL rigmarole, so you know he’s going to be on your roster this season.

3) Lions – Junior Luke, DL, Montreal

Absolute load in the middle, Luke needs to prove he can carry over that dominance to the CFL.

4) Ticats – Kwaku Boateng, DL, Laurier

Pro body, smart and special teams value – Boateng provides a full package.

5) Eskimos – Mason Woods, OL, Idaho

Mountain of a lineman fits in with size Ed Hervey likes on the offensive line (see, O’Donnell, Matt and Rottier, Simeon).

6) Bombers – Geoff Gray, OL, Manitoba

Local Winnipeg product who possesses and impressive physique, Gray has some traits that could see him get a chance to play tackle.

7) Lions – Christophe Mulumba, LB, Maine

Ultra-productive tackler brings special teams ability right away and with further development a possible starter down the line.

8) Stampeders – Justin Vaughn, Fordham

Provides a pass rush from the interior of the defensive line.

9) Redblacks – Eli Ankou, DL, UCLA

Ottawa native could step in and start immediately in the CFL, but after an explosive pro day showing he’s likely going to get an NFL opportunity.

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