Every CFL team has finalized grades and set the draft board for the 2018 CFL draft.
There is some high calibre talent available at various positions and after lots of conversations with player personnel men across the CFL, the last mock is ready.
1) Ticats – Mark Chapman, REC, Central Michigan
Chapman was the star of the CFL draft process. Hamilton moved up one spot to secure the one player they coveted above all others. The son of a Marine is viewed as the most pro-ready player in the draft.
2) Alouettes – Trey Rutherford, OL, UConn
After acquiring all-star Ryan Bomben, the Alouettes continue to strengthen their offensive line. Rutherford showed plenty of upside during his senior season and there are teams who believe Rutherford could have a chance to play tackle in the CFL.
3) Lions – Peter Godber, OL, Rice
General manager Ed Hervey continues his mission to rework the Lions in the trenches by grabbing an experienced, proven, physical talent in Godber. He’s strong and brings lots of high-level NCAA starting experience.
4) Redblacks – Jackson Bennett, DB, Ottawa
Versatility has been the mandate of Ottawa’s approach on defence since landing Noel Thorpe. Bennett provides that in Canadian form and is the closest comparable player to Antoine Pruneau who Marcel Desjardins selected in 2014, also fourth overall. Bennett is lightning fast and smooth. He’s viewed as one of the safest picks in the draft from character and pro production standpoints.
5) Riders – Rashaun Simonise, REC, Calgary
Chris Jones covets long athletes and Simonise fits. The reality is Simonise is one of only three players in the class (Ryan Hunter and Dakoda Shepley) to garner an NFL contract. Simonise’s CFL combine numbers were actually better than his pro day performance from 2016 that earned him the deal from the Cincinnati Bengals. Game-changing receiver talent who could play after some time learning to be a pro.
6) Ticats – Godfrey Onyeka, DB, Laurier
Onyeka could potentially play safety, corner or linebacker in the CFL. Hamilton employs a national at safety in Courtney Stephen, a Golden Hawk alumni, and he’s got the ability to play corner. By the nature of his natural physical style, Onyeka will make an impact on special teams immediately while developing into a possible starter on the backend which could provide flexibility for the Ticats.
7) Lions – Julien Laurent, DL, Georgia State
Hervey flips over to the defensive line and lands the best interior prospect in the draft. Laurent can be an anchor and keep linebackers (Solomon Elimimian) clean to make plays. Pairing Laurent with Junior Luke gives the Leos a nice tandem.
8) Stampeders – Mark Korte, OL, Alberta
Korte is the most athletic USports lineman outside of Dakoda Shepley who has an NFL contract from the New York Jets. Calgary stays in the province to upgrade an offensive line that lost Pierre Lavertu to retirement recently.
9) Argos – David Knevel, OL, Nebraska
Toronto sits back and sees Knevel fall to them. Jim Popp and Marc Trestman like to play with as many Canadians on the offensive line as possible and Knevel could develop as the heir apparent to Chris Van Zeyl.