Canadian receiver Cole Tucker invited to rookie minicamp with Minnesota Vikings

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Canadian receiver Cole Tucker has received an invitation to participate in rookie minicamp with the Minnesota Vikings.

The six-foot-one, 193-pound target was a late addition to the 2023 CFL Draft after qualifying for Canadian citizenship through his mother, who was born in Brandon, Man. He was a standout receiver at Northern Illinois where he made 155 receptions for 2,030 yards and 10 touchdowns over five seasons with the Huskies.

The native of DeKalb, Ill. ran a 4.67-second forty-yard dash at his pro day along with a 37-inch vertical jump, a nine-foot, seven-inch broad jump, 6.91-second three-cone drill, 4.23-second short shuttle, and 10 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. He also attended the tail-end of the CFL Combine, though he chose only to conduct interviews with teams instead of also participating in on-field drills.

A record five Canadian players were selected during last week’s NFL draft, including offensive lineman Matthew Bergeron (second round, Atlanta Falcons), defensive back Sydney Brown (third round, Philadelphia Eagles), offensive lineman Sidy Sow (fourth round, New England Patriots), defensive lineman Tavius Robinson (fourth round, Baltimore Ravens), and running back Chase Brown (fifth round, Cincinnati Bengals).

Guelph defensive back Siriman Harrison Bagayogo received an invitation to attend rookie minicamp with the Kansas City Chiefs following the draft, while TCU defensive lineman Lwal Uguak received an invitation to attend rookie minicamp with the New York Giants.

The 2023 CFL Draft will take place on Tuesday, May 2 at 8:00 p.m. EDT.

John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.