The CFL has put out the list of prospects that will be in Winnipeg to compete at the national combine and there are some notable absences.
The top three players on the most recent CFL scouting bureau – offensive linemen David Knevel, Trey Rutherford and Ryan Hunter – won’t be in attendance.
Knevel played eight games at guard and tackle for the University of Nebraska in 2017. Overall, the six-foot-nine, 315-pounder suited up in 31 contests for the Cornhuskers in four years. In lieu of the combine, the Brantford native will perform at the Nebraska pro day March 14.
Rutherford played in 12 games as a senior at the University of Connecticut. Over his Huskies career, the Markham, Ontario native played in 44 games. The six-foot-five, 312-pound offensive lineman put forth a strong final season at UConn. He’ll work out at UConn’s pro day March 21.
Hunter made 37 career starts at Bowling Green. He started all 14 games at left guard in 2015 when Bowling Green won the MAC Championship and set school records for points (519), total yards (7,655) and passing yards (5,135). Then in 2016, he started all 12 games at right tackle and he followed that up with 12 starts as a senior. Experience, versatility, size and strength have made scouts take notice of the North Bay native. He’s working out at the Bowling Green’s pro day on March 19.
Knevel, Rutherford and Hunter are highly regarded offensive line talents, but none of them will be seen in at the CFL combine.