Laval DL Mathieu Betts won’t attend CFL combine


Canadian defensive lineman Mathieu Betts won’t attend the national CFL combine.

Betts is the No. 1 ranked prospect on the CFL scouting bureau rankings and recently worked out for scouts of five NFL teams at the Laval University pro day.

Photo credit: Mathieu Tanguay
Photo credit: Mathieu Tanguay

Betts has a strong showing, checking in at fix-foot-two-and-a-half, 254 pounds, recording a 4.70 40-yard dash, 4.28 shuttle, 6.77 three-cone, nine-foot, nine-inch broad jump, 29.5-inch vertical and 23 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Compared to prospects at the NFL combine, Betts’ 40 time would’ve ranked fourth, shuttle fourth, three-cone first and broad jump sixth, the rest of the test results outside the top 15.

During four seasons at Laval, Betts made 73.5 tackles, 35.5 sacks, 17 knockdowns, five forced fumbles and five fumbles recovered in 33 games. He has been named an All-Canadian four times, the first player to win the USports J.P. Metras Trophy as the outstanding down lineman three straight years while becoming the only football athlete ever to win four major USports awards during his career (who was also named 2015 rookie of the year) and part of two Vanier Cup championship teams (2016 and 2018).

The Quebec conference all-time leading sack man impressed scouts at the East-West Shrine Game in January – half of the NFL teams met with Betts in Tampa Bay. Combine the test results and accolades means Betts is gaining momentum on NFL draft boards.

There is no advantage from a testing perspective for Betts to go through the events at the CFL combine. He’s willing to go and meet with CFL teams, but the league won’t bring him for just interviews.

After a full season, East-West Shrine Game and pro day, Betts has completed the full draft requirements. The film and measurables are available for any evaluator south or north of the border.


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