No contract offers for Canadian players invited to NFL rookie mini-camps

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While a number of CFL Draft picks attended NFL rookie mini-camps this year, no player garnered a contract offer.

The list includes Central Michigan University receiver Mark Chapman (Giants), University of Alberta offensive lineman Mark Korte (Jets and Giants), University of Ottawa defensive back Jackson Bennett (Giants), Western University fullback David Mackie (Giants), University of Montreal receiver Regis Cibasu (Bears), University of Nebraska offensive lineman David Knevel (Raiders and Saints) and University of British Columbia receiver Will Watson (Giants). Rice University offensive lineman Peter Godber turned down invites from NFL teams, including the Houston Texans to focus on the CFL.

With those NFL camps complete, the focus shifts towards getting deals done with the respective CFL teams that drafted the athletes north of the border. The exception is Cibasu, chosen in the third round, 20th overall, who will not attend Toronto Argonauts training camp and instead focus on his studies and return to university.

Offensive lineman Dakoda Shepley, taken fifth overall by the Saskatchewan Roughriders, signed a priority undrafted contract with the New York Jets and is set attend training camp with the NFL club while and Toronto Argonauts ninth overall selection, offensive lineman Ryan Hunter will do the same with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Chapman was taken first overall by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Godber third overall, first round by the B.C. Lions, Korte fourth overall, first round by the Ottawa Redblacks, Bennett 11th overall, second round by the Ticats, Mackie 16h overall, second round by the Lions, Knevel 21st overall, third round by the Lions and Watson 54th overall, seventh round by the Leos.

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