Jaylan Guthrie rockets up the draft boards with strong regional combine performance

Jaylan Guthrie has arrived on the radars of CFL scouts.

Photo courtesy: Kyle Rodriguez
Photo courtesy: Kyle Rodriguez

A well-built, athletic offensive lineman who played for the University of Guelph, Guthrie didn’t play in 2019 due to injury and off-field reasons. He had shoulder surgery in January 2018 and it finally feels strong after playing with the issue since coming to the Guelph campus in 2015.

The Ajax native played for Pickering High School and by the time his final year with the Dolphins was done weighed 210 pounds. University programs didn’t have interest due to the lack of size, so Guthrie went to Vanier College in Montreal, a Quebec CEGEP power.

Two seasons later Guthrie was up to 240 pounds and garnered the attention from Canadian universities. Guthrie chose Guelph and the agile big man played three seasons for the Gryphons. It’s been a year and a half since Guthrie played but player personnel men were impressed at the Ontario regional CFL combine.

“Guthrie stood out – no secret anymore. The kid is rising and could be a first-round pick by the end of combine weekend,” one scout said. “Big, physical prospect who moves well. If he has another stellar showing at the national, first overall buzz is going to happen.”

Guthrie checked in at six-foot-four, 303 pounds and pumped 29 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, but did not do any other testing events due to a pulled hamstring suffered in training recently. The one-on-one drills were where Guthrie earned a further look from CFL talent evaluators.

“I got bigger and stronger, I’ve been training and getting ready for the combine,” Guthrie said. “I’m a little rusty. I need to get some food in me, that’s all I’m thinking about right now.”

The surgically repaired shoulder felt sturdy during drills. After starting playing football at the age of six, Guthrie has been an offensive lineman the entire time. Now the big man has put himself on the CFL draft board in a big way.