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One of the 2021 CFL draft’s top prospects will miss the rest of his junior year due to injury.

Outside linebacker Deshawn Stevens suffered a torn Achilles in Maine’s season-opener last week against Sacred Heart.

It has been a rough week for Canadian NCAA players with Ottawa-born UNC defensive back Patrice Rene suffering a torn ACL this past weekend.

Stevens finished last season with 120 total tackles, 17 tackles for loss, nine sacks, two forced fumbles, and one interception in 14 games. He was named the team’s Walter Abbott Most Outstanding Defensive Player for his efforts.

The Toronto native should be a top CFL draft pick unless he garners serious NFL interest, which is possible. He’ll now look to rehab his injury until he’s able to return to the field for his senior season next year.

At six-foot-two and 255 pounds, Stevens has the perfect frame for a CFL defensive end.

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John Hodge
John Hodge is a CFL insider and draft analyst who has been covering the league since 2014. He is a two-time finalist in the Jon Gott lookalike contest.