Regina-born QB Mike Beaudry looking for opportunity after pro day performance

Photo courtesy: West Florida Athletics

Despite not having his CFL dreams come true a year ago, quarterback Mike Beaudry is still looking for a professional opportunity after exhausting his post-secondary eligibility at the University of Idaho.

The Regina-born pivot returned to the University of West Florida, where he began his college career, for a recent pro day, checking in at just shy of six-foot-five and 248 pounds. Beaudry was clocked at a 4.95-second forty-yard dash at that impressive size, while jumping 27.5 inches in the vertical and eight-foot, 10-inches in the broad. He also clocked a 4.38-second short shuttle and 7.41-second three-cone.

Beaudry, who spent several of his formative years in the Saskatchewan capital before moving to Florida as a child, is eligible for the 2022 NFL Draft at the end of April due to extended NCAA eligibility rules during the pandemic. However, the dual-citizen already went through the CFL Draft process in 2021, going unselected. He is free to sign with any team north of the border.

A college journeyman, Beaudry was the first ever commit to West Florida for their football program’s inaugural season in 2016. He would redshirt with a broken leg that year, before leading the team to a DII National Championship in just their second year of existence. He sat out the 2018 campaign in order to transfer to a FBS program, landing at the University of Connecticut. Beaudry began the 2019 season as UConn’s starter, before eventually losing the job to fellow Canadian Jack Zergiotis.

Beaudry ultimately landed in the FCS with the University of Idaho, playing 11 games across a shortened spring campaign and 2021 regular season. He completed 188-of-301 passes for 2,093 yards with seven touchdowns and nine interceptions, while rushing for 165 more and a TD on the ground.

Despite struggling to seize a consistent role at the top level, Beaudry’s ideal frame and solid arm strength have kept him on the radar of pro scouts. In January, he was one of a number of Canadians who participated in the College Gridiron Showcase, where he earned an upgrade from the Small School Showcase into the main week of practice alongside top Canadian NFL hopeful Tre Ford.

J.C. Abbott is a University of British Columbia graduate and high school football coach. He covers the CFL, B.C. Lions, CFL Draft and the three-down league's Global initiative.