The CFL has finally announced the Mexican combine and player draft we reported on last week.
According to a release issued Thursday morning, the Mexico’s Liga de Futbol Americano Profesional – with whom the CFL signed a non-binding letter of cooperation in November – will host a combine Jan. 12 for “for leading pros and university seniors who hope to play in Canada.”
The event will be held at Estadio Azul, a 33,000-seat stadium in Mexico City, and will feature the usual line up of bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, 40-yard dash, 3-cone, short shuttle and positional drills – much like the CFL’s combine for USports athletes held each spring. There will be interviews with CFL teams, who are reportedly sending two representatives each, including all nine general managers (that bit isn’t included in the league’s release.)
There will be a “draft” the following day, though details on that – like the order of the selection – is unknown. One would expect that the Toronto Argonauts, who had the worst record in the CFL last season, will select first overall, followed by the Montreal Alouettes (on the lookout for Mexican equivalent of Johnny Manziel, no doubt.)
The release includes a quote from commissioner Randy Ambrosie that alludes to another motivation for the league partnership with the LFA, beyond finding additional talent and attracting legions of new Mexican fans – giving Canadians players in need of developing a place to play.
“This is an exciting step forward for our partnership with the LFA,” Ambrosie said in the statement. “Over time, we want to expand the CFL’s international footprint, and grow the game of football everywhere, by giving the world’s top players access to our league and providing more young Canadians an opportunity to play and develop in other countries before possibly returning to play in the CFL.”