The 2022 CFL Draft class just got a whole lot bigger following the addition of offensive lineman Marc-David Bien-Aimé, multiple sources revealed to 3DownNation.
The six-foot-five, 360-pound blocker dressed for one game as a true freshman at Fresno State in 2018 and was granted a redshirt. He returned as a redshirt freshman in 2019 but eventually chose to leave the team due to a lingering meniscus injury and the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 25-year-old graduated with a degree in sociology in May 2021 and returned to his home city of Montreal where he has spent the past year working at a women’s shelter. He was added to this year’s draft when the league learned that he was no longer in school, having graduated almost one full year ago.
Bien-Aimé told 3DownNation via telephone that he has already been contacted by several teams who have expressed interest in drafting him. He intends to lose weight — he played at 345 pounds at Fresno State — and is in the process of creating a workout video to submit to teams around the league.
Now fully recovered from his knee injury, Bien-Aimé indicated that he wants to play in the CFL for this upcoming season.
“I’m very interested. Everybody’s got their own path,” he said. “I just want an opportunity and I’ll be ready to go.”
Bien-Aimé is older than most draft prospects and dressed for only one game during his college career. Even so, I’d expect to hear his name called on draft day — potentially even in the mid-rounds of the draft — given his size and NCAA pedigree.