The best part of the CFL Combine is undoubtedly the one-on-one sessions that pit players against each other in something that resembles actual football.
Sunday’s session in Winnipeg featured some notable moments and we’ve put together a quick look at some of the more interesting ones. These gifs aren’t filthy in the typical internet sense, but they show a smattering of the impressive moves on display.
Thanks to CFL.ca for the footage (you can watch their entire combine broadcast here.)
Here we have receiver Mark Chapman, who was by far the most polished route-runner at the combine, absolutely faking out defensive back Godfrey Onyeka. This drill gives the offensive player an advantage – unlimited space and unlimited time to work – but this was still a great route from Chapman. These two squared off three times in the one-on-ones – it was a match up scouts wanted to see – and Onyeka had a good day, despite this clip.
McMaster receiver Daniel Petermann had himself a good weekend, posting the fastest 40-yard time on Saturday, then making some unbelievable grabs in the one-on-ones. This catch, which he made with defensive back Justin Howell draped all over him, got a reaction from the crowd.
Now offensive lineman Dakoda Shepley had a very solid one-on-one session but he wasn’t perfect. This rep against the University of Calgary’s Brett Wade qualifies as a complete whiff. The reaction from the B.C. Lion’s director of Canadian scouting Geroy Simon – the dreaded head shake – summed it up perfectly.
University of Regina running back Atlee Simon took some reps at receiver as well and managed to pull off one of the most impressive catches of the day. Adjusting to an under thrown ball – and let’s just say that quarterback Christian Strong was not particularly impressive on Sunday – Atlee climbed over the back of defensive back Dagogo Maxwell to make the grab. Bonus points for the little stare Atlee gives him after the catch.
This is kind of a weird one. This rep between receiver Archelaus Jack – who may have committed a combine fashion crime by hiking up his shorts to extreme levels – and Onyeka isn’t noteworthy until the very end when the defensive back gives Jack a shove. He crashes into the wall – and leaves a hole!
Western running back Alex Taylor showed off his quickness – and his sick moves – during the one-on-ones. This camera angle isn’t great but you get the gist: Taylor breaking the ankles of linebacker Khadim Mbaye.
Peterman wasn’t satisfied with one spectacular catch: he decided to make it two. This grab – also against Carleton’s Howell – was even better than the first grab. We think.
This catch by Laval’s Marco Dubois may have been the best of the combine. We ran it back several times to make sure it was legit and you can actually see his hand under the tip of the football keeping it off the ground. How do we know it’s good? Even Mike O’Shea liked it.