Five prospects for the 2017 CFL draft have been deemed ineligible for anti-doping violations, the league announced Friday.
Kent State long-snapper Kain Kain Anzovino, McGill receiver Moy McDonald, Carleton defensive lineman Daniel McNicholl and Calgary receiver Rashaun Simonise all had their draft years deferred to 2018 as a result of anti-doping rule violations for the use of banned substances.
The CFL also said Regina linebacker Michael Stefanovic is removing himself from this year’s draft even though a violation of the league’s anti-doping rules hasn’t yet been confirmed. The league added Stefanovic intends to exercise his right to a hearing.
The CFL said Stefanovic will also be eligible for the 2018 draft.
Simonise’s penalty was reported back in March, when he was the fourth-ranked prospect according to the CFL scouting bureau. None of the other players named are ranked in the top-20.
The 2017 draft is slated for Sunday evening.