Canadian offensive lineman Dakoda Shepley worked out for the Denver Broncos on Monday.
Shepley was selected fifth overall pick in the 2018 CFL Draft by the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
The Riders chose Shepley in the first round knowing he had signed an undrafted NFL free agent contract with the New York Jets. The 23-year-old was released by the Jets at the end of a strong training camp and he’s been a free agent ever since, biding his time for another potential NFL opportunity.
Saskatchewan brought Shepley to Regina for a five-day stint in October to practice, work out, watch film and spend the week learning the Riders offensive scheme. It was a chance to see how the team operates while keeping his NFL options available.
A provision in the CFL’s collective bargaining agreement allows a drafted player who reports to his team after the conclusion of training camp five days before the club needs to account for him on the roster. The window is designed to allow teams to assess the player prior to potentially adding him to the active roster, practice squad or terminating his draft rights. When the time period has elapsed, a minimum contract offer has to be made in order to retain the player’s rights.
All of those requirements were followed by the Riders.
Shepley has been at home in Windsor training while patiently waiting for the next NFL shot to come his way.
Signing an NFL futures deal seems likely for the ultra-athletic offensive lineman.