Winnipeg gave up a 2018 third round draft pick to secure University of Minnesota receiver Drew Wolitarsky in a CFL supplemental draft held Tuesday.
The six-foot-three, 220-pounder has some intriguing measurables for his size: 4.67 40-yard dash, 4.22 shuttle, 6.88 3-cone, 32-inch vertical and nine-foot, seven-inch broad jump and 14 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.
Those numbers compare favourably to the top receivers picked in the 2017 draft.
Danny Vandervoort, No. 3 selection by B.C., 4.73 40-yard dash, 4.35 shuttle, 7.20 3-cone, 31.5-inch vertical, nine-foot, six-inch broad jump and 13 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press at six-foot-one, 203 pounds.
Nate Behar, No. 5 choice by Edmonton, 4.61 40-yard dash, 4.25 shuttle, 7.29 3-cone, 31.5-inch vertical, nine-foot, seven-inch broad jump and 22 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press at five-foot-11, 204 pounds.
“He likely would have been behind those two [Vandervoort and Behar] for some and teams might have liked Julan Lynch’s upside more as well,” says on CFL scout.
Lynch was taken in the second round, 17th overall by the Calgary Stampeders in May’s pick-fest. He quickly ascended up draft board with a breakout combine in his hometown of Regina posting a 4.69 40-yard dash, 4.59 shuttle, 7.56 3-cone, 34.5-inch vertical, nine-foot, 11-inch broad jump and 19 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press at six-foot-two, 226 pounds. Lynch is the closest prospect in terms of sheer physical size to Wolitarsky who went in the top three rounds of the 2017 CFL draft.
“Good hands, productive and big,” says another personnel man about the Bombers supplemental pickup. “It will be interesting to see how he adapts to the CFL game.”
“Based on testing numbers and pedigree he might have gone higher in the regular draft,” says another talent evaluator.
Over four seasons with the Golden Gophers, the 22-year-old pass catcher made 130 receptions for 1,749 yards and nine touchdowns in 47 games, which included 25 starts.Wolitarsky’s senior campaign was the best of his career at Minnesota. He caught 66 balls for 860 yards and five touchdowns.