Canadian defensive lineman Kwaku Boateng worked out for the New York Jets on Tuesday.
Boateng had a stellar first season as a full-time starter for the Edmonton Eskimos recording 26 tackles and nine sacks in 16 games. The 23-year-old is a fast-rising ratio-breaking pass rusher.
Edmonton selected Boateng in the fifth round, 41st overall in the 2017 CFL draft and immediately made an impact for the Eskimos making 21 tackles, four sacks and one forced fumble during his rookie season. He was the team’s most outstanding rookie last year and most outstanding Canadian following the 2018 campaign.
Boateng stands six-foot-two, 255 pounds. When Boateng gets on the field that’s where he really excels: playing the game.
The two-time USports All-Canadian played an integral role in the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks run to a 2016 Yates Cup championship, the program’s first since 2005. Laurier’s career sack leader (20.5) proved his ability to rush the passer at the university level. He was a two-time academic All-Canadian as well.
Boateng is a pending free agent in the CFL. NFL interest – Boateng attended Chicago Bears rookie mini-camp in 2017 – will raise his stock north of the border while giving him the potential of signing a futures deal down south.