Scouting note on every single 2017 CFL draft pick

11:30 – Dunk: Thanks to everyone for following along! It was an interesting CFL draft. Keep it locked to for analysis from across the country in the days to come. Good night!

11:15 – Dunk: Surprising Guelph running back Johnny Augustine went unselected in the 2017 CFL draft. He was ranked in the final CFL scouting bureau.

10:51 Dunk: Ottawa takes Calgary offensive lineman Jordan Filipelli with the last selection in the 2017 CFL draft, eighth round, 71st overall. Large athlete who needs to get his weight under control and learn the pro system.

10:50 – Dunk: Calgary makes Regina receiver Richard Sindani the penultimate pick in the eighth round, 70th overall. He played CJFL in 2016. Size alone makes him ultra-intriguing. Big body, athletic and developmental prospect.

10:48 – Dunk: The Lions pick Saskatchewan receiver Mitchell Hillis in the eighth round, 69th overall. Smaller target but he’s got some short area quickness.

10:44 – Dunk: The Bombers grab Alberta receiver Tylor Henry in the eighth round, 68th overall. Top recruit coming out of high school, produced for the Golden Bears despite the program continuing to build towards a consistent winner.

10:39 – Dunk: Edmonton selects McMaster defensive lineman Mark Mackie in the eighth round, 67th overall. The Marauder dazzled in one-on-ones at the CFL combine. But can that translate to success in the pros?

10:35 – Dunk: Hamilton gets Montreal running back Sean Thomas-Erlington in the eighth round, 66th overall. Able to consistently gain yards against a stingy Laval defence, so you know he can run the rock. Pass protection abiliy too.

10:33 – Dunk: Montreal nabs Sherbrooke tight end Oumar Toure in the eighth round, 65th overall. One personnel man said he was a poor man’s Antony Auclair.

10:31 – Dunk: The Riders pick Montreal offensive lineman Marc Glaude in the eighth round, 64th overall. Under the radar blocker who could be a steal.

10:29 – Dunk: Toronto takes Calgary defensive lineman Matthew Carson in the eighth round, 63rd overall. Developing interior player with a unique blend of size, speed and strength to become a contributor in the future.

10:27 – Dunk: Ottawa grabs Alberta running back Ed Ilnicki in the seventh round, 62nd overall. Special teams body who reminds some scouts of Kienan LaFrance.

10:25 – Dunk: Calgary selects Calgary defensive back Adam Laurenesse in the seventh round, 61st overall. Might not have sexy measurables but can play when the tape gets turned on.

10:23 – Dunk: BC gets Simon Fraser linebacker Jordan Herdman in the seventh round, 60th overall. Poor combine testing results led to a massive tumble down the board.

10:19 – Dunk: Winnipeg nabs Calgary receiver Brandon Thera-Plamondon in the seventh round, 59th overall. Missed a chunk of the 2016 season due to injury. Brings size to the table.

10:18 – Dunk: Hamilton takes Laurier offensive lineman Brett Golding in the seventh round, 58th overall. He missed all of 2016 with an injury.

10:16 – Dunk: Saskatchewan plucks Carelton defensive lineman Emmanuel Adusei in the seventh round, 57th overall. Created havoc at the USports level and needs to show he can do that in the CFL.

10:15 – Dunk: Montreal picks Ottawa defensive back Ty Cranston in the seventh round, 56th overall. Slender but rangy as a safety.

10:13 – Dunk: The Riders select Sherbrooke linebacker Alex Chevrier in the seventh round, 55th overall. Fastest linebacker in the draft who can be demon on teams.

10:12 – Dunk: Toronto makes Simon Fraser linebacker Justin Herdman the first Herdman brother drafted in the seventh round, 54th overall. Just as athletic as brother Jordan, but might have a higher CFL ceiling.

10:10 – Dunk: Ottawa takes Calgary receiver Austen Hartley in the sixth round, 53rd overall. He was the only receiver to break 4.60 in the 40-yard dash that was available in this class. Short area quickness too.

10:08 – Dunk: Calgary grabs Sherbrooke defensive lineman Alex Gagnon in the sixth round, 52nd overall. Ultra athletic but must add bulk.

10:07 – Dunk: BC picks Mount Allison receiver Dakota Brush in the sixth round, 51st overall. Big bodied target with decent speed considering his size.

10:05 – Dunk: The Bombers take Guelph defensive lineman Ian Marouf in the sixth round, 50th overall. Pro ability for sure. Must focus on this opportunity.

10:03 – Dunk: Edmonton selects Carleton offensive lineman Kwabena Asare in the sixth round, 49th overall. Mammoth of a young man, but needs to improve footwork.

10:00 – Dunk: The Alouettes net Calgary receiver Denzel Radford in the sixth round, 48th overall. A fast 40 (4.65) high vertical (37.5) and broad jump (10′, 6″) caught the attention of pro souts.

9:58 – Dunk: The Ticats pick Guelph receiver Jacob Scarfone in the sixth round, 47th overall. He missed the entire 2016 USports season with an ACL injury, but his 2015 numbers were stellar.

9:55 – Dunk: Saskatchewan nabs Toronto offensive lineman Danny Sprukulis in the sixth round, 46th overall. Intriguing size for a blocking prospect.

9:53 – Dunk: Montreal takes Ottawa Sooners product and former Carleton receiver Malcolm Carter in the sixth round, 45th overall. Rangy but tall pass catcher. Needs to add muscle to his frame.

9:51 – Dunk: The Redblacks select Montreal Mathieu Dupuis in the fifth round, 44th overall. Stoutly built with upside.

9:49 – Dunk: Calgary grabs Simon Fraser offensive lineman Felx Jr. Gascusana in the fifth round, 43rd overall. Lots of experience against NCAA competition while playing tackle for the Clan.

9:47 – Dunk: BC makes Laval defensive lineman Edward Godin their selection in the fifth round, 42nd overall. When scouts were looking ahead to Mathieu Betts who was an All-Canadian defensive end, Godin kept jumping out on film. High motor and ferocius

9:45 – Dunk: The Eskimos stop a fall for Laurier defensive lineman Kwaku Boateng in the fifth round, 41st overall. Part of the reason for the tumble might be his lack of special teams film and tweener size for the pro level.

9:44 – Dunk: Edmonton selects Mississippi State offensive lineman Justin Senior in the fifth round, 40th overall. Seattle took him in the sixth round of the NFL draft, so the Eskimos will have to wait and see if he ever makes it north of the border.

9:42 – Dunk: The Alouettes take Carleton offensive lineman Zach Annen in the fifth round, 39th overall. Late-rising prospect who has intriguing tools.

9:39 – Dunk: Hamilton grabs Fordham defensive lineman Justin Vaughn in the fifth round, 38th overall. Ability never in question but a shoulder injury caused him to fall down the board.

9:37 – Dunk: The Riders stay local in the fifth round, 37th overall and get Regina receiver, Mitchell Picton. Chance to add bulk to his frame and develop into a fine slot target.

9:35 – Dunk: Argos kick-off the fifth round by grabbing Laurier linebacker Nakas Onyeka 36th overall. Feisty attitude. 2016 OUA defensive player of the year for the Golden Hawks.

9:33 – Dunk: Ottawa selects Montreal long snapper Louis-Philippe Bourassa in the fourth round, 35th overall. Best available player at his position in the draft.

9:32 – Dunk: Winnipeg takes Montreal kicker Felix Menard-Briere in the fourth round, 34th overall. Led all USports punters with over a 42-yard average last season.

9:31 – Dunk: BC nabs Carelton defensive back Nathaniel Hamlin in the fourth round, 33rd overall. Moves fluidly in coverage, but needs to tackle better in the pros.

9:30 – Dunk: The Riders pick Western offensive lineman Eddie Meredith in the fourth round, 32nd overall. The former Boston College Eagle left the Mustangs football program after hanging up his cleats before the 2016 USports season.

9:28 – Dunk: Edmonton selects Waterloo defensive back Jordan Hoover in the fourth round, 31st overall. Flew around and hit people with the Warriors.

9:26 – Dunk: Saskatchewan makes a futures pick with Laval tight end Antony Auclair in the fourth round, 30th overall. Up front money he received from Tampa Bay when signing an undrafted priority free agent contract means he’ll be down there at least a year.

9:24 – Dunk: Montreal takes UBC receiver Alex Morrison in the fourth round, 29th overall. Impressive size and if not for a missed season in 2016 due to an arm injury, he could’ve been taken much higher.

9:22 – Dunk: The Stampeders pick Simon Fraser running back Ante Milanovic-Litre in the fourth round, 28th overall. Might have the ability to serve as a running back and fullback.

9:21 – Dunk: Argos begin the fourth round by taking Calgary defensive back Robert Woodson 27th overall. His dad (Tony) and brother (Anthony) both have CFL experience.

9:20 – Dunk: Ottawa finishes the third round by taking UCLA defensive lineman Eli Ankou 26th overall. He’s signed a priority undrafted free agent contract with the Houston Texans.

9:18 – Dunk: Calgary selects Carleton defensive back and returner Tunde Adeleke in the third round, 25th overall. Fast (4.51 40-yard time) but needs to be more physical when playing defence. Just might earn an opportunity to return kicks for the Stamps.

9:15 – Dunk: The Lions get Montreal linebacker Frederic Chagnon in the third round, 24th overall. Build of a pro linebacker.

9:11 – Dunk: Bombers grab Grambling State defensive back Abu Conteh in the third round, 23rd overall. Oozes athleticism. He was raised in Winnipeg.

9:10 – Dunk: Eskimos takes Maine linebacker Christophe Mulumba in the third round, 22nd overall. Very productive for the Black Bears. Physical linebacker who plays downhill.

9:08 – Dunk: Ticats draft St. Francis Xavier defensive lineman Kay Okafor in the third round, 21st overall. Great body and with some seasoning could end up being the best defensive lineman to ome out of this class.

9:07 – Dunk: Alouettes pick Henderson State defensive back Dondre Wright in the thrid round, 20th overall. Some scouts feel he could be better in the box as a WILL linebacker in the CFL.

9:02 – Dunk: Argos select Manitoba defensive lineman Evan Foster in the third round, 19th overall. Undersized defensive end but he should make an impact on specials teams.

8:54 – Dunk: Redblacks nab Sherbrooke fullback Anthony Gosselin in the second round, 18th overall. Well built, great in pass protection and able to release out of the backfield. He ran the fastest 40-yard time (4.73) of any running back available in the draft.

8:47 – Dunk: Stampeders pick Saskatchewan receiver Julan Lynch in the second round, 17th overall. Burst onto draft radars in the west and main CFL combines. Large frame and extremely high upside.

8:44 – Dunk: BC takes Regina offensive lineman Jeremy Zver in the second round, 16th overall. A dual-sport athlete in university and transitioned well to football.

8:38 – Dunk: Winnipeg selects McGill offensive lineman Qadr Spooner in the second round, 15th overall. Very physical blocker which stood out most to scouts on tape.

8:34 – Dunk: The Eskimos make Laval offensive lineman Jean-Simon Roy the 14th overall selection in the second round. Strong (39 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press), tough and smart.

8:29 – Dunk: Hamilton grabs Calgary offensive lineman Braden Schram with their second round, 13th overall pick. The Dinos product took reps at every offensive line position at the CFL combine.

8:23 – Dunk: Montreal general manager Kavis Reed selects McMaster defensive lineman Fabion Foote in the second round, 12th overall. Undersized but athletic. More depth on the interior for the Als who plan to possibly start two Canadian defensive tackles this season.

8:17 – Dunk: Riders take Bethune-Cookman offensive lineman Dariusz Bladek in the second round, 11th overall. Even though he’s been out of football for a year, Bladek brings lots of ability to the fray.

8:10 – Dunk: Toronto Argos check in at 10 and take Idaho offensive lineman Mason Woods. Towering prospect who could have a chance to play tackle in the pros. Some felt he had talent that warranted consideration for the first overall pick.

8:03 – Dunk: Six out of nine direct team/player hits from the final CFL mock draft.

8:02 – Dunk: Redblacks select Saskatchewan offensive lineman Evan Johnson with the ninth and final pick of the first round. Basketball background means he’s athetlic and can move fluidly.

7:55 – Dunk: Bombers make Manitoba offensive lineman Geoff Gray the eighth overall pick, taking the local product. Top tier prospect in any class. Immense upside. Gray signed a priority undrafted free agent deal with the Green Bay Packers after the NFL draft.

7:49 – Dunk: BC Lions come back at seven with their second first round pick and take Montreal defensive lineman, Junior Luke. He dominated at times against a Laval offensive line that has sent many players to the CFL who have had success.

7:44 – Dunk: Stamps trade up to pick Gannon university defensive lineman Randy Colling. Arena league all-star who can be a force in the trenches. When he signed with the Bills they tried to turn him into an offensive lineman. Also served as Cleveland’s emergency offensive lineman too.



7:33 – Dunk: Edmonton selects Carleton receiver Nate Behar fifth. Personnel men believe he has strong character and leadership skills.

7:31 – Dunk: Ticats surprise and take Calgary defensive lineman, Connor McGough. He was worked out as a linebacker by some CFL teams. Specials teams value.

7:25 – Dunk: BC Lions take McMaster receiver Danny Vandervoort third overall. Dynamite one-on-one session at the CFL combine really solidified Vandervoort as an elite prospect in this class. That said, some scouts feel he has a lower ceiling than other pass catchers available.


7:18 – Dunk: UCLA linebacker Cameron Judge goes second overall to the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Fastest and most explosive athlete in the 2017 class. Scouts raved about one play on film where he kept the edge and made the tackle on Stanford running back Christian McCaffery who was the No. 8 selection in the NFL draft.

7:12 – Dunk: Bombers make No. 1 overall selection official and take Iowa defensive lineman Faith Ekakitie. Senior season film was very strong and some scouts feel his body type fits the CFL game better than the NFL. Ekakitie pro day results.


7:04 – Dunk: BC Lions have multiple options in place to move the seventh overall selection if Wally Buono ultimately decides to deal the pick.

7:02 – Dunk: Some CFL draft buzz.

6:58 – Dunk: Riders down to two players for No. 2 selection: Bethune-Cookman Dariusz Bladek and UCLA linebacker Cameron Judge. The defender seems to be the favourite to go in that spot.

6:55 – Dunk: Alouettes general manager Kavis Reed is said to covet Carleton receiver, Nate Behar.

6:48 – Dunk: Maine linebacker Christophe Mulumba has not been offered a contract by the Tamp Bay Bucs after attending rookie mini-camp this weekend.

6:48 – Dunk: For last minute CFL draft chatter Edwards and I dedicated an entire 3DownNation podcast to the three-down pick-fest.

6:45 – Edwards: This year, we at 3DownNation have decided to focus on bringing you more context and analysis as opposed to breaking news. So Mr. Dunk will not be Tweeting out the picks before they are announced on TSN… a move that has ruffled some feathers. TSN has improved its draft coverage over the last few years and we’re going to try and respect that. The kids should get their moment.

6:40 – Dunk: Bringing you the best second screen experience for the CFL draft with our 3DownNation live blog. Let’s kick it off by sharing my final prospect rankings.


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