Intriguing Canadian defensive back Abubakkar Conteh added to 2017 CFL draft

Canadian defensive back Abubakkar Conteh will be available to be selected in the 2017 CFL draft.

The 22-year-old was born in Sierra Leone and raised in Winnipeg. He only played one year of football in high school as a receiver and defensive back at Kildonan-East Collegiate while playing basketball and soccer too. Conteh moved to the United States as a senior and eventually ended up at North Dakota State College of Science (junior college) in Wahpeton, and decided to give football a try. He did not play much as in his first year, but moved into a starting role as a sophomore with the Wildcats.

After accepting a scholarship to Grambling State, Conteh lettered two years with the Tigers, while playing on all special teams and cornerback. He’s a versatile athlete who kicked in the 2016 Southwestern Athletic Conference championship game after their kicker got injured, converting two extra points and handling kick-off duties in Grambling State’s 27-20 victory over Alcorn State. He was a member of the 2015-2016 SWAC All-Academic team and a Historically Black Colleges and Universities National Champion as a senior.

Conteh checked in at just over six feet, 202 pounds at Grambling State’s pro day March 21. He ran a 4.77 40-yard time, 4.60 shuttle, 7.37 3-cone, 34-inch vertical, nine-foot, three-inch broad and 12 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

Conteh, who has spoken with five CFL teams and worked out for one, likely fits the Canadian game best as a safety.

“Bigger defensive back who doesn’t have a lot of game film playing on the back end, which makes him a very difficult evaluation. You basically have to project him based off his special teams tape,” one CFL scouts says.

Adds another personnel man: “Very raw, but he has tools to develop – intriguing size and he’s jacked up. He could contribute on special teams. Conteh might be a mid-round pick.”

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