A select group of Canadian pro prospects are attending the up-and-coming College Gridiron Showcase.
The event takes place January 5 to 9, 2018 in Ft. Worth, Texas and provides exposure for college senior football players from around North America. Players are selected by a panel of football experts and evaluated by professional league scouts.
The College Gridiron Showcase is the first all-star event to implement an “OTA-style” format which showcases players through practices and a controlled scrimmage while also making them available for personal interviews with the scouts and executives from NFL and CFL clubs.
The select five Canadians in 2019:
Brady Oliveira, RB, North Dakota
Snapshot: The Winnipeg native had his best season for the Fighting Hawks during his senior year, rushing for 936 yards and eight touchdowns. Oliveira has 2,818 rushing yards to go with 236 yards on 25 catches in four years at North Dakota.
Zack Williams, OL, Manitoba
Snapshot: Williams was a teammate of Oliveira for one season before he transferred back north of the border to his hometown Bisons. He was a Canada West conference all-star for the first time in 2018. At six-foot-five, 315 pounds, Williams already has pro size.
Samuel Thomassin, OL, Laval
Snapshot: Thomassin is a towering offensive lineman – six-foot-six, 330 pounds – who is yet another stout blocker developed by Carl Brennan, the Rouge et or’s fine O-line coach. The 2018 All-Canadian put forth a strong season in his draft year pushing his stock up the boards.
Connor Griffiths, DL, UBC
Snapshot: The dynamic interior defender is a load in the middle. There has already been buzz about Griffiths drawing NFL interest due to his size and physicality.
Jamie Harry, DB, Ottawa
Snapshot: Harry was a first-team All-Canadian in 2018 leading the country with eight interceptions. Size, ball skills and coverage ability have scouts intrigued.