CFL draft prospect Micah Roane performs at South Dakota pro day

Photo courtesy: South Dakota Athletics

Defensive lineman Micah Roane, who was added to the 2024 CFL Draft class earlier this month, performed in front of scouts at the University of South Dakota’s pro day on Monday.

The six-foot-three, 260-pound defender ran a 4.95-second forty-yard dash, 7.72-second three-cone drill, and 4.65-second shuttle, per sources. He also leaped 29 inches in the vertical jump, 106 inches in the broad jump, and completed 17 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

Roane played 40 games over the past four seasons with the Coyotes, recording 94 total tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, three pass knockdowns, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. His best season came in 2023 when he made 40 total tackles, seven tackles for loss, and 4.5 sacks, setting all-new career highs.

The 24-year-old originally committed to the University of Minnesota but transferred to South Dakota in 2020 ahead of the COVID-shortened regular season. He redshirted with the Golden Gophers in 2018 and didn’t see the field in 2019 as a freshman.

Roane was raised in Chaska, Minn. but qualified for Canadian citizenship through his mother, Kimberly, who was born in Moose Jaw, Sask. Kimberly also lived in Grenfell, Sask., Calgary, Alta., and Spruce Grove, Alta. before moving to Penticton, B.C. for middle school and high school. She later moved to the United States for college where she met and married Greg, Micah’s father.

Kimberly and Greg served as missionaries during Micah’s early childhood, spending time in the Dominican Republic and India. The family settled in Minnesota when Micah was seven where Greg has extended family.

Roane’s testing numbers in the bench press and forty-yard dash were on par with most defensive ends at the recent CFL Combine, though his broad jump, three-cone, and shuttle were below most of his competitors.

The 2024 CFL Draft will take place on Tuesday, April 30.

John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.