Canadian defensive lineman Luiji Vilain has declared for the 2022 NFL Draft.
The native of Ottawa, Ont. transferred to Wake Forest for the 2021 college football season and the decision paid off in spades. He recorded 34 total tackles, nine tackles for loss, eight sacks, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery, all of which were new career-highs.
Vilain led the Demon Deacons in sacks, which ranked sixth in the prestigious Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Florida State’s Jermaine Johnson II led the ACC in sacks with 11.5 and is a projected first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
The 23-year-old was one of the highest-rated defensive linemen in the United States following his tenure at Episcopal High School in Virginia. He originally committed to Michigan, where he recorded just eleven tackles and one sack in twelve career games due to injury.
Vilain was left in the 2021 CFL Draft despite his decision to transfer to Wake Forest and was selected in the third round, 25th overall by the Toronto Argonauts who will continue to hold his rights in perpetuity. It’s possible that Vilain will be playing in the NFL in 2022, but if not there’s a good chance that CFL fans will see him in Double Blue.