University of Saskatchewan DB Nelson Lokombo performs brilliantly at pro day

Photo courtesy: Josh Schaefer, Athletics

One of the top prospects in the 2021 CFL Draft recently held his pro day at the Saskatoon Minor Football Field.

Defensive back Nelson Lokombo measured in at just under five-foot-eleven and weighed 184 pounds. He ran the forty-yard dash in 4.48 seconds, the shuttle in 4.06 seconds, and the three-cone drill in 6.80 seconds.

The native of Abbotsford, B.C. also recorded ten reps on the bench press, a 38-inch vertical, and a nine-foot, eleven-inch broad jump. These measurables match the spectacular athleticism Lokombo put on film throughout his post-secondary career.

The University of Saskatchewan product recorded 115 total tackles, six tackles for loss, 15 pass knockdowns, ten interceptions, three sacks, and two forced fumbles in 30 games with the Huskies.

He received the Presidents’ Trophy in 2019 as the top defensive player in U Sports football, beating out 2020 CFL draft picks Jack Cassar, Bailey Feltmate, and Andrew Seinet-Spaulding. The award has previously been given to players such as Cory Greenwood, Henoc Muamba, and Adam Auclair.

Lokombo is one of the 2021 CFL Draft’s most versatile talents, capable of playing cornerback, halfback, safety, and strong-side linebacker. His best CFL comparable could be Tunde Adeleke of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who has quickly established himself as one of the league’s best young national defenders.

It shouldn’t take long for Lokombo to learn the ropes at the professional level as his older brother, Boseko, has been in the CFL since 2014 as a member of the B.C. Lions, Montreal Alouettes, and Toronto Argonauts.

The 2021 CFL Draft is scheduled for May 4.

John Hodge is a CFL insider and draft analyst who has been covering the league since 2014.