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. Here are the offensive lineman, divided by nationality.
Offensive lineman (International)
1. Bruce Campbell, SSK
Starts in 2017 (career): 12 (27)
Notes: Campbell came out of retirement in 2017 and immediately solidified the left tackle position in Riderville. Ultra-athletic and just 29, Campbell is the best plug-and-play offensive lineman available league-wide.
2. Travis Bond, WIN
Starts in 2017 (career): 16 (28)
Notes: Bond was a CFL all-star in 2016 at the left guard position in Bomberland, but lost his job late last season to national Patrick Neufeld. Bond has tremendous size at 6’7, 360, but there are questions about whether or not he possesses the mobility required to play the tackle position.
3. Joel Figueroa, EDM
Starts in 2017 (career): 15 (44)
Notes: Figueroa is highly-talented but oft-injured. Appearing in a career-high fifteen games in 2017, this former Ticat will be a steal should he remain healthy for a full season in 2018.
4. Xavier Fulton, MTL
Starts in 2017 (career): 8 (87)
Notes: This six-year veteran would bring experience to the left side of any offensive line. The only question is how much the 31-year-old has left in the tank.
5. Brian Simmons, MTL
Starts in 2017 (career): 18 (89)
Notes: Simmons enjoyed one of his best pro seasons 2017, appearing in all eighteen regular season games for just the second time in his career. The only thing holding Simmons back is age — he’ll turn 33 in March.
6. Jake Silas, OTT
Starts in 2017 (career): 17 (17)
Notes: Primarily a right tackle, Silas is worth a look for a team looking to build American depth going into training camp.
7. Jeremy Lewis, MTL
Starts in 2017 (career): 3 (42)
Notes: A Miami product is a depth piece who can play at guard or tackle.
8. Vincent Brown MTL
Starts in 2017 (career): 1 (1)
Notes: Brown has appeared in two career CFL games.
Offensive lineman (National)
1. Dan Clark, SSK
Starts in 2017 (career): 9 (48)
Notes: Almost 30, Clark is a three-year starter at centre who is arguably the best plug-and-play Canadian available. The lack of proven Canadian free agents should help Clark get a decent deal wherever he signs.
2. Danny Groulx, EDM
Starts in 2017 (career): 6 (12)
Notes: Cut by the Eskimos last month, Groulx will be seen as a solid depth piece (and perhaps even a starter) by a hog-needy club. Almost 28, Groulx has low mileage and great size.
3. Matthew Albright, OTT
Starts in 2017 (career): 3 (12)
Notes: A career back-up, Albright has been steady whenever called upon through five season between B.C. and Ottawa. A team may see this 26-year-old as a player ready for an expanded role.
4. Kirby Fabien, BC
Starts in 2017 (career): 18 (64)
Notes: Fabien has never fully bounced back from the devastating knee injury he suffered in his rookie season. A change of scenery would benefit this former first-round pick who is still just 27.
5. Simeon Rottier, EDM
Starts in 2017 (career): 4 (107)
Notes: The first overall pick of the 2009 CFL draft has enjoyed a great career; the question is whether or not he has anything left in the tank. Now 34, Rottier is coming off an injury-plagued season with an Eskimo team that is unlikely to retain this local product.
5. Cameron Thorn, CAL
Starts in 2017 (career): 0 (4)
Notes: Capable of playing both centre and guard, Thorn is a great option to fill the sixth offensive lineman spot with a depth-needy team.
6. Matt Vonk, MTL
Starts in 2017 (career): 0 (6)
Notes: A decent depth piece who’s struggled to consistently earn a roster spot. Didn’t take a step in Montreal after the Alouettes gave up an asset to acquire him via trade last off-season.
7. Chris Greaves, MTL
Starts in 2017 (career): 5 (75)
Notes: Greaves was (essentially) retired before the Alouettes reached out to the former Bomber and Eskimo midway through the 2017 season. Now 31, injuries will likely need to stack up again before Greaves gets a call.
8. Andrew Jones, BC
Starts in 2017 (career): 0 (31)
Notes: B.C. brought Jones out of retirement last season out of desperation and saw him dress for eight games. Now 35, this is likely the end of the road for the 2015 Grey Cup champ.
9. Jaskaran Dhillon, BC
Starts in 2017 (career): 0 (0)
Notes: Dhillon has appeared in just nine career games and turns 29 next month. He may not earn another CFL contract.