Canadian receiver Cole Tucker posts solid numbers at Northern Illinois pro day

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Top CFL Draft prospect Cole Tucker posted solid athletic numbers at his Northern Illinois pro day last week, cementing his status as a potential first-round pick.

The receiver measured in at six-foot-one and 193 pounds, clocking a 4.67-second forty-yard dash. He posted a 37-inch vertical and a nine-foot, seven-inch broad jump while running a 6.91-second three-cone and 4.23-second short shuttle. He also put up 10 reps on the bench.

Tucker, who was raised in DeKalb, Ill. but recently received Canadian citizenship through his mother, took part in testing on March 23. He then travelled to Edmonton for the final days of the CFL Combine, participating in interviews with teams but not in on-field drills.

The Northern Illinois product made 155 receptions for 2,030 yards and 10 touchdowns over five seasons with the Huskies, helping them win the Mid-American Conference (MAC) in 2018 and 2021. He set all-new career highs as a senior in 2022 when he caught 45 passes for 632 yards and four touchdowns.

The 23-year-old ranks tied for seventh all-time in school history in receptions and eighth in receiving yards. Among those in front of him are Kenny Golladay of the New York Giants and former NFL draft picks Justin McCareins and Da’Ron Brown.

The 2023 CFL Draft will take place on Tuesday, May 2 at 8:00 p.m. EDT. Tucker is currently projected as a sure-fire first-round pick, with a chance to be drafted first overall by the Ottawa Redblacks.