Joel Dublanko cracks sixth spot in final scouting bureau rankings ahead of 2024 CFL Draft

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The final edition of the scouting bureau rankings have been released ahead of the 2024 CFL Draft.

Joel Dublanko, who qualified for the draft in March after receiving his Canadian citizenship, debuted at No. 6 on the list. The six-foot-two, 231-pound defender was a standout at the recent CFL Combine in Winnipeg and projects as a first-year starter at linebacker. He was the first overall pick in 3DownNation’s most recent mock draft.

The native of Aberdeen, Wash. was named first-team All-AAC during his senior season at the University of Cincinnati. He has since been a member of the New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks, and the USFL’s Philadelphia Stars.

The biggest riser from the last edition of the rankings in January was Laval receiver Kevin Mital, who jumped ten spots from No. 20 to No. 10. The former Hec Crighton Trophy winner had a sensational performance at the CFL Combine, running a 4.58-second forty-yard dash and 6.94-second three-cone at six-foot-one and 229 pounds.

Wilfrid Laurier defensive lineman Luke Brubacher, who showed shocking athleticism for his size in Winnipeg, and Connecticut receiver Kevens Clercius, who impressed teams with his physicality, made their debut on the list at No. 19 and No. 20, respectively.

The biggest faller from the rankings in January was Arkansas State linebacker Melique Straker, who ran a disappointing forty-yard dash at his pro day. Those who fell off the rankings are Baylor defensive lineman Justin Sambu, Garden City Community College receiver Ajou Ajou, and Tennessee Tech defensive lineman Kail Dava.

Illinois offensive lineman Isaiah Adams, the top-ranked player in this year’s rankings, is expected to be a mid-round pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. Other players who are likely to get drafted by NFL teams are Penn State tight end Theo Johnson, Arizona tight end Tanner McLachlan, and UBC offensive lineman Giovanni Manu. Several others will likely sign NFL contracts as undrafted free agents.

The rest of the top 20 is as follows.

1 (1) | OL Isaiah Adams | Illinois | Ajax, Ont.

2 (3) | TE Theo Johnson | Penn State | Winnipeg, Man.

3 (4) | TE Tanner McLachlan | Arizona | Lethbridge, Alta.

4 (5) | OL Kyle Hergel | Boston College | Mississauga, Ont.

5 (2) | OL Theo Benedet | UBC | North Vancouver, B.C.

6 (-) | LB Joel Dublanko | Cincinnati | Aberdeen, Wash.

7 (11) | REC Nick Mardner | Auburn | Oakville, Ont.

8 (9) | OL Giovanni Manu | UBC | North Vancouver, B.C.

9 (7) | LB Geoffrey Cantin-Arku | Memphis | Lévis, Que.

10 (20) | REC Kevin Mital | Laval | Saint-Hubert, Que.

11 (8) | OL Anim Dankwah | Howard | Toronto, Ont.

12 (6) | OL Gabe Wallace | Buffalo | Salmon Arm, B.C.

13 (15) | DL Daniel Okpoko | San Diego State | Saskatoon, Sask.

14 (18) | OL Nathaniel Dumoulin-Duguay | Laval | Rimouski, Que.

15 (16) | OL Christy Nkanu | Washington State | Montreal, Que.

16 (12) | OL Daniel Johnson | Purdue | London, Ont.

17 (10) | LB Melique Straker | Arkansas State | Brampton, Ont.

18 (13) | REC Dhel Duncan-Busby | Bemidji State | Madison, Ohio

19 (-) | DL Luke Brubacher | Wilfrid Laurier | Listowel, Ont.

20 (-) | REC Kevens Clercius | Connecticut | Montreal, Que.