Alabama receiver John Metchie III tops final CFL scouting bureau rankings for 2022 Canadian draft class

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The Canadian Football League has published the third and final edition of the top-20 prospects eligible for the 2022 CFL Draft on May 3.

The first two rounds will be broadcast beginning at 8 p.m. ET on TSN and RDS.

The CFL Scouting Bureau, comprising player personnel directors and general managers from the league’s nine clubs, as well as scouts, releases its prospect rankings in fall, winter and spring editions each year.

2022 Spring Scouting Bureau

Rank (previous) | Name | Position | School | Hometown

  1. (–) John Metchie III | REC | University of Alabama | Brampton, Ont.
  2. (1) Jesse Luketa | LB | Penn State University | Ottawa
  3. (4) Tyrell Richards | LB | Syracuse University | Brampton, Ont.
  4. (6) Tre Ford | QB | University of Waterloo | Niagara Falls, Ont.
  5. (2) Jalen Philpot | REC | University of Calgary | Delta, B.C.
  6. (5) Tyson Philpot | REC | University of Calgary | Delta, B.C.
  7. (7) Deionte Knight | DL | Western University | Ajax, Ont.
  8. (3) Enock Makonzo | DB | Coastal Carolina University | Lachine, Que.
  9. (9) Tyrell Ford | DB | University of Waterloo | Niagara Falls, Ont.
  10. (10) Noah Zerr | OL | University of Saskatchewan | Langenburg, Sask.
  11. (–) Samuel Emilus | REC | Louisiana Tech University | Montreal
  12. (–) Daniel Adeboboye | RB | Bryant University | Toronto
  13. (–) Rodeem Brown | OL | University of Alberta | Halifax
  14. (8) Zack Fry | OL | Western University | London, Ont.
  15. (–) Zach Pelehos | OL | University of Ottawa | Gananoque, Ont.
  16. (11) Peter Kozushka | OL | University of Alberta | Yorkton, Sask.
  17. (15) Anthony Federico | DL | Queen’s University | Niagara Falls, Ont.
  18. (–) Cyrille Hogan-Saindon | OL | Laval University | Quebec City
  19. (–) Gregor MacKellar | OL | St. Francis Xavier University | Timberlea, N.S.
  20. (16) Nathan Cherry | DL | University of Saskatchewan | Saskatoon

By the numbers

  • The spring rankings include:
    • Seven offensive linemen
    • Four receivers
    • Three defensive linemen
    • Two linebackers
    • Two defensive backs
    • One quarterback
    • One running back
  • 15 schools are represented in the rankings with five schools featuring multiple players:
    • University of Waterloo (No. 4 Tre Ford and No. 9 Tyrell Ford)
    • University of Calgary (No. 5 Jalen Philpot and No. 6 Tyson Philpot)
    • Western University (No. 7 Deionte Knight and No. 14 Zack Fry)
    • University of Saskatchewan (No. 10 Noah Zerr and No. 20 Nathan Cherry)
    • University of Alberta (No. 13 Rodeem Brown and No. 16 Peter Kozushka)
  • 14 prospects are from U Sorts; six are from the NCAA.
  • Seven players are making their CFL Scouting Bureau debuts in these rankings.
  • In 2021, 18 of the 20 prospects identified in the spring rankings were selected in the CFL Draft.
  • Of the nine first-round selections in the 2021 CFL Draft, five appeared in the spring rankings.

Top five prospects

1 (–) | JOHN METCHIE III | REC | UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA | BRAMPTON, ONIn his final season in Tuscaloosa, Metchie recorded a team-high 96 receptions for 1,142 yards and eight touchdowns. The 96 receptions were the third-most in Crimson Tide single-season history, propelling Metchie to the storied program’s 13th 1,000 receiving yard season. He finished his collegiate career with 155 catches for 2,081 receiving yards and 14 majors. In 2020, Metchie won the CFP National Championship and claimed the Jon Cornish Trophy as the top Canadian in the NCAA. He is looking to become the award’s second back-to-back winner in 2021.

2 (1) | JESSE LUKETA | LB | PENN STATE UNIVERSITY | OTTAWALuketa amassed 143 tackles (81 solo and 62 assisted), seven tackles for a loss and an interception returned for a touchdown in his collegiate career. In his final season, he tallied 53 tackles (30 solo and 23 assisted), four tackles for a loss and an interception. His nine tackles in Penn State’s victory in the Outback Bowl earned him invitations to the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine.

3 (4) | TYRELL RICHARDS | LB | SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY | BRAMPTON, ONAfter sitting out the 2021 season, Richards impressed at the 2022 CFL Combine. He showcased his athleticism and versatility by participating in drills as a linebacker, a defensive lineman and a defensive back, becoming the only player in Combine history to manage the feat. Richards played three seasons with the Orange, collecting 54 tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss and six sacks across 31 games.

4 (6) | TRE FORD | QB | UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO | NIAGARA FALLS, ONThis past season, Ford passed for 1,465 yards and added 629 yards on the ground in six games, en route to claiming the Hec Crighton Trophy. He finished his collegiate career with 71 touchdowns (56 passing and 15 rushing), while notching more than 7,000-passing yards. At the CFL Combine, Ford led all prospects with a time of 6.85 seconds in the three-cone drill. He also clocked a 4.45-second 40-yard dash at the University at Buffalo’s pro day.

5 (2) | JALEN PHILPOT | REC | UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY | DELTA, B.C.Philpot amassed 113 receptions for 1,889 yards and 10 touchdowns in his three seasons with the Dinos. In only six regular season games during the shortened 2021 schedule, he recorded 43 receptions for 799 yards and four touchdowns, earning him his second-career nod as a U Sports first team All-Canadian nod.