Canadian LB Geoffrey Cantin-Arku posts solid numbers at Memphis pro day

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Canadian linebacker Geoffrey Cantin-Arku posted solid numbers at his recent pro day, cementing himself as a likely first-round CFL Draft pick.

The six-foot-three, 230-pound defender ran a pedestrian 4.85-second forty-yard dash with a 1.72-second ten-yard split, but notched impressive change of direction numbers with a 6.97-second three-cone and 4.32-second short shuttle. He also jumped 32 inches in the vertical and 119 inches in the broad, while putting up 18 reps of 225 on the bench.

While Cantin-Arku’s testing measurables likely aren’t strong enough to garner a serious NFL opportunity, immediate availability could boost his stock in the eyes of CFL clubs. His numbers were on par with the top linebackers at the 2024 CFL Combine, where he would have trailed only projected first-overall pick Joel Dublanko in terms of his three-cone and short shuttle. He also would have tied for second in the position in the broad jump and bench press.

Cantin-Arku has spent the past two seasons at the University of Memphis, starting 24 of 26 games played since 2022. He was named All-AAC honourable mention this past season, finishing his tenure with the Tigers with 155 total tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, four pass knockdowns, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and one interception.

The native of Lévis, Que. originally committed to Syracuse University in 2019 after attending Cégep Garneau in Quebec City. He spent three seasons with the Orange, recording 105 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss, five sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and one pass knockdown.

Cantin-Arku projects as a potential starting middle linebacker in the CFL. In his latest mock draft, 3DownNation‘s John Hodge has him being selected third overall by the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The 2024 NFL Draft will take place from April 25 to 27, while the 2024 CFL Draft will occur on Tuesday, April 30.

J.C. Abbott is a University of British Columbia graduate and high school football coach. He covers the CFL, B.C. Lions, CFL Draft and the three-down league's Global initiative.