When the best Canadian prospects get together at the CFL combine everyone wants to see who is the fastest and strongest.
The new format has put the 40-yard dash and bench press testing events on the same day, sprinting first on Saturday and ending with 225 pounds on the bar.
Let’s identify the favourites and potential dark horses in the combine’s most hyped events.
1) Christopher Amoah, RB, Laval
The Rouge et Or running back can roll. He ripped off a 40-yard time of 4.47 at the 2017 USports East-West Bowl, the fastest out of all athletes who were invited. Amoah shows high-end acceleration on film.
2) Tyrone Pierre, REC, Laval
Pierre is an explosive athlete and after focusing on training for the 40-yard dash it’s expected he betters his 4.58 clocking from the East-West Bowl. Just seeing the way Pierre is put together he looks springy and fast.
3) Daniel Peterman, REC, McMaster
The Marauders leading receiver is deceptively fast, evidenced by a 4.59 time last May. Peterman’s gliding running style covers ground in a hurry.
Dark horse: Dagogo Maxwell, DB, UBC
Maxwell can go-go. Watching tape he flies around the field in the secondary and covers a lot of turf. Teams are expecting Maxell to light up the stopwatch.
1) Dakoda Shepley, OL, UBC
Shepley is broad, strong and combines the endurance to pump out 30-plus reps on the bench press. He recorded 31 on Tuesday and with some rest time and the bright combine lights perhaps that number increases.
2) Peter Godber, OL, Rice
Godber has won the Iron Owl Award at Rice for his exploits in the weight room. A high total is expected from the sturdy offensive lineman.
3) Brett Wade, DL, Calgary
Described as powerful and strong by Dinos head coach Wayne Harris, Wade can move 225 with ease. 24 reps at the East-West Bowl was the second-highest total among defensive lineman.
Dark horse: Ryan Sceviour, OL, Calgary
Sceviour racked up 21 less than a year ago at the East-West Bowl and he appears stronger for the combine. Even though he has pretty long arms, the Dinos offensive lineman can move the 225-pound bar.