Top 10 new high profile names on CFL neg lists

Many of the stars revealed to be on CFL neg lists have already been reported, some for a while and many by yours truly.

Lots of those players are quarterbacks: Deondre Francois, Lamar Jackson, Greg Ward Jr., B.J. Daniels, Trace McSorely, Quinton Flowers, Robert Griffin III, Baker Mayfield and Colin Kaepernick.

Two Canadians, tight end Adam Zaruba and defensive lineman Nathan Sheperd, have previously been made public, too.

However, there are a number of intriguing names that are fresh. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the 10 best.

1. Denard Robinson, offensive weapon, Argos
Current status: free agent

After rising to stardom at the University of Michigan, Robinson’s nickname “Shoelace” became well known as he played with his laces undone.

Robinson has the only 1,500 yard passing and 1,500 yard rushing season in NCAA history. He passed for 6,250 yards and 49 touchdowns and rushed for 4,495 yards and 42 touchdowns for the Wolverines. Robinson was featured on the cover of EA Sports NCAA Football 2014.

The 27-year-old was a fifth-round pick, 135th overall by Jacksonville in the 2013 NFL draft. He played four seasons for the Jaguars from 2013-2016 rushing for 1,058 yards and five touchdowns while adding 47 receptions for 310 yards in 55 games. He wanted to be listed as an “offensive weapon” on the NFL roster and that’s what we’ll do.

Robinson could be a dynamic playmaker on a CFL field.

2. Aaron Murray, QB, Argos
Current status: free agent

Murray starred at the University of Georgia setting school records for passing yards (13,166) and touchdowns (121) in a career. During his senior season, he suffered an ACL injury which hurt his draft stock.

Murray was drafted in the fifth round, 163rd overall in the 2014 NFL draft by Kansas City. He spent two seasons with the Chiefs until moving on to the Cardinals, Eagles and Rams.

Murray called 10 NCAA college games for CBS last year, so the Argos would have to get him out of the booth to play QB.

3. Jake Fromm, QB, Lions
Current status: entering sophomore season

Fromm was a five-star recruit coming out of high school in Georgia. He originally committed to the University of Alabama, but switched to the University of Georgia. Fromm lost to the Crimson Tide in the 2018 National Championship game, however, he had a strong season earning SEC Freshman of the Year honours throwing for over 2,600 yards and 24 touchdowns.

In adding Fromm, B.C. is taking the wait and see approach.

4. Greg Little, REC, Redblacks
Current status: free agent

Little was a two-sport athlete at the University of North Carolina, playing both football and basketball. He was drafted in the second round, 59th overall by Cleveland where he played three seasons for the Browns before moving on to the Raiders, Bengals and Bills. Over 54 career NFL games, Little has 161 receptions for 1,890 yards and eight touchdowns.

Standing six-foot-two, 220 pounds, Little could be a stout receiving target on a CFL field.

5. DuJuan Harris, RB, Ticats
Current status: free agent

After signing an undrafted free agent contract with Jacksonville in 2011, Harris has spent time with the Jaguars, Steelers, Packers, Vikings, Saints, Seahawks, Ravens and 49ers. Over 38 career NFL games, the 29-year-old has 590 rushing yards and two touchdowns to go along with 21 catches for 244 yards and one touchdown.

Harris packs his 206 pounds into a five-foot-seven frame and uses that low centre of gravity to his benefit as a powerful back who can run well (4.44 40-yard dash).

6. Keshawn Martin, REC, Argos
Current status: free agent

Martin served as a primary return man and receiver for the Texans in 2012 and 2013 after Houston picked him in the fourth round, 121st overall of the 2012 NFL draft. The 27-year-old has 62 catches for 685 yards and five touchdowns plus 94 punt returns for 858 yards and one touchdown and 80 kick-off returns for 2,001 yards.

The receiving and returning skillset could be valuable in the CFL.

7. Will Davis, DB, Eskimos
Current status: free agent

The Utah State product was drafted by the Dolphins in the third round, 93rd overall in the 2013 NFL draft. Davis has made 30 tackles, defended four passes and one interception in 20 games.

8. Tharold Simon, DB, Bombers
Current status: free agent

Simon played at LSU and Seattle selected him in the fifth round, 138th overall in the 2013 NFL draft. He’s made 19 tackles, three pass deflections and played in Super Bowl XLIX.

Length – six-foot-three – and size 205 pounds would be coveted in the three-down game.

9. Charles James, DB, Argos
Current status: free agent

James worked his way on to NFL rosters as an undrafted free agent. He has spent time with the Giants, Texans, Ravens, Colts, Bills and Jaguars making 43 tackles, two passes defended in 34 career NFL games.

It seems like James has the work ethic to assimilate to the CFL game quickly.

10. Josh Boyce, REC, Riders
Current status: free agent

New England took Boyce in the fourth round, 102nd overall in the 2013 NFL draft. He spent three seasons with the Patriots making nine grabs for 121 yards.

Boyce has the speed to play on the wide field 4.38-second 40-yard dash time.