Canadians around North America will be working out for scouts from the NFL and CFL at pro days prior to drafts in the spring. The NFL talent grab is set for April 25-27 while the CFL pick-fest goes May 2.
More Canadian universities have held pro days the last few years as high-end talent from USports programs have attracted increased attention from the NFL. It gives players a familiar and comfortable setting to perform testing events in which milliseconds matter.
Throughout March and April athletes will be working out across Canada and the United States. Keep up to date with the Canadians as they get ready to take the first step in their pro careers.
Laval University: DL Mathieu Betts
Notes: Betts led USports with nine sacks and 14 tackles for loss in just six games during the 2018 season, capping the senior campaign with a Vanier Cup championship. He holds the Quebec University conference record with 35.5 sacks in four seasons.
TE Alex Savard
Notes: Savard recorded better testing numbers at the 2018 East-West Bowl than current Tampa Bay Bucs tight end Antony Auclair who is a Laval product too.
OL Samuel Thomassin
Notes: Thomassin is a towering offensive lineman who is yet another stout blocker developed by Carl Brennan, Laval’s well-regarding offensive line coach. The 2018 All-Canadian put forth a strong season and has slimmed down to be as athletic as possible for his close-up with NFL teams.
Concordia University: OL Maurice Simba
Notes: Simba stands six-foot-seven-and-a-half, 335 pounds and has ultra long arms – 36 inches. Long and strong would be the best way to describe the Congo native. Needs more development but his size has scouts intrigued.
Oklahoma State: OL Shane Richards
Notes: After redshirting in 2017, Richards started games at right guard and right tackle for the Cowboys last season.
Tennessee: DL Jonathan Kongbo
Notes: Kongbo tore his ACL which ended his senior season early. That means he’ll only be able to meet with pro scouts, but he could still get an NFL shot.
Columbia: DL Charbel Dabire (Wagner)
Notes: Dabire is a stout defensive lineman who could rise up draft boards as the process plays out.
Fresno State: DB Matt Boateng
Notes: Played eight games as a true freshman at Kansas prior to transferring to the Bulldogs.
Missouri: DE Nathaniel Anderson
Notes: Played 21 games at Mizzou recording 32 tackles, four for loss, two sacks and one forced fumble. He had a handful of NCAA Division I scholarship offers after junior college.
LB Noah Robinson
Notes: Robinson spent two seasons at Memphis where he produced 51 total tackles, 2.5 for loss. He’ll need to show lack of playing time in recent years at Mizzou hasn’t hindered his development.
Southeastern: DB Shamar Busby
Notes: After two season in junior college, Busby turned into a contributor for Southeastern.
Kansas: OL Alex Fontana
Notes: Started at centre for Kansas in 2018 after a medical redshirt season in 2017.
Connecticut: REC Hergy Mayala
Notes: Led UConn with 40 catches for 361 yards and five touchdowns during 2018. Through four seasons with the Huskies made 113 receptions for 1,352 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Arkansas State: REC Justin McInnis
Notes: Since earning a starting role, McInnis put up 110 catches 1,548 yards and 10 touchdowns. The rangy receiver could boost his stock with a fast 40.
Ohio: RB Maleek Irons
Notes: Irons had the best campaign of his collegiate career during his senior season: 126 carries for 831 yards and eight touchdowns. Body looks pro-ready.
North Dakota: RB Brady Oliveira
Notes: Oliveira put up 2,822 rushing yards in 42 games with the Fighting Hawks and he has the frame, quickness, and strength to be successful at the pro level.
UBC: QB Michael O’Connor
Notes: The Ottawa native has prototypical quarterback size: six-foot-five, 225 pounds and has been productive wherever he’s played.
REC Brayden Lenius-Dickey
Notes: Lenius-Dickey oozes athleticism and needs to show limited playing time the last three years can be overcome.
DL Connor Griffiths
Notes: Griffiths is a dynamic interior defender and load in the middle. Lining up against NCAA talent at the College Gridiron Showcase in January, Griffiths was stout and showed well.
DB Malcolm Lee
Notes: Lee has the pro genes from his father Orville who played running back in the CFL for five years and brother Jamall played four season with the B.C. Lions.
DB Stavros Katsantonis
Notes: Katsantonis – the Bakersfield bandit – has been a first-team All-Canadian three straight years. Despite being undersized, Katsantonis finds the football with natural instincts.