CFL Free Agent Rankings: National receivers

As we approach the opening of CFL free agency on Tue., Feb. 13, 3DownNation’s Justin Dunk, Drew Edwards and John Hodge are ranking every player potentially available by position. Check out the podcast below for the reasoning behind their decisions. Here are the national receivers.

1.Nic Demski, SSK
Age: 24
Starts in 2017: 6
Key stats: 19 catches, 222 yards in 2017, 26 starts in three seasons, one punt return touchdown
Notes: Demski looked poised for a breakout year before injuries forced him to miss the last nine games of 2017. Excellent physical tools and plenty of potential in a thin crop of available Canadians.

2. Anthony Parker, CAL
Age: 28
Starts in 2017: 11
Key stats: 36 catches, 482 yards, 3 touchdowns
Notes: Parker actually regressed last season after a 2016 in which he posted career-bests in catches, yards and touchdowns. He has spent his entire seven-year CFL career with the Stamps.

3. Cory Watson, EDM
Age: 33
Starts in 2017: 17
Key stats: 27 catches, 350 yards, two touchdowns, 115 games played in eight CFL seasons
Notes: Watson is still getting it done at 33 (he’ll turn 34 next month) but clearly age is a factor here. Still, there’s something to be said for reliability and Watson can play multiple spots if need be.

4. Julian Feoli-Gudino, WIN
Age: 30
Starts in 2017: 17
Key stats: 45 catches, 462 yards, 3 touchdowns
Coming off the best season of his six-year CFL career, Feoli-Gudino has steadily improved despite somewhat limited physical gifts. Could the Laval product make sense for Montreal?

5. Devon Bailey, SSK
Age: 26
Starts in 2017: 0
Key stats: Five catches, 80 yards, two touchdowns in 2017. 45 games played, 12 starts in four seasons
2014 first-round pick who has all the physical tools to be an impact national receiver, but needs to start living up to the potential.

6. Jake Harty, OTT
Age: 27
Starts in 2017: 7
Key stats: 26 catches, 226 yards, 1 TD on 2017
Harty makes an impact on special teams – rare for a pass catcher. The University of Calgary product had consistent production the last half of 2017 and it seems like he could break out soon.

7. Rory Kohlert, CAL
Age: 30
Starts in 2017: 0
Key stats: 7 catches for 77 yards in 2017 were the lowest production numbers in a six-year CFL career
Reliable Canadian who knows the playbook inside and out plus a veteran that conducts himself like a true pro.

8. Stephen Adekolu, MTL
Age: 29
Starts in 2017: 0
Key stats: Three catches over four CFL seasons
Size intrigues personnel men but Adekolu needs to earn his opportunity for more playing time.

9. Alex Carroll, MTL
Age: 25
Starts in 2017: 0
Key stats: Hasn’t played a game since 2015
An ACL injury could end Carroll’s career.

10. S.J. Haidara, MTL
Age: 28
Starts in 2017: 0
Key stats: 20 catches in 70 career games played over six CFL seasons
2013 second round pick hasn’t found a home and been consistent enough to earn more time on offence, yet.