Toronto Argonauts receiver Jimmy Ralph took to Twitter on Sunday to remind everyone that the combine isn’t necessarily the only path to CFL success for Canadian players.
— Jimmy Ralph (@jimmyralph) March 25, 2018
Ralph attended the Western Regional combine last year and his numbers were… underwhelming. He ran a 4.83 in the 40-yard dash (not good for undersized CFL receiver), did not participate in the bench press (not a good sign) and posted a 25.5-inch vertical leap (which is really bad.)
Unsurprisingly, Ralph went undrafted but signed as a free agent with the Argos and that’s where his good numbers began to emerge. He played in 16 games, made one start and registered 26 catches for 278 yards, which is more than all the receivers taken in the 2017 CFL draft… combined. That includes No. 3 overall pick Danny Vandervoort (one catch for yards), fellow first-rounder Nate Behar (12 games played, no catches) and the No. 17 overall pick, Julan Lynch (two catches, 18 yards.)
Ralph also leads that group in the only stat that really matters: Grey Cup wins.