Canadian RB Michael Chris-Ike receives NFL rookie mini-camp invite from New York Jets

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Canadian running back Michael Chris-Ike has landed a rookie mini-camp invite from the New York Jets, according to a post from his agent Fred Weinrauch.

The Hamilton, Ont. native was not expected to be selected in the 2024 NFL Draft but will get a chance to try out in the Big Apple alongside the team’s draft class next weekend.

The six-foot-one, 225-pound ball carrier blew up the CFL Combine in March, running a 4.51-second forty-yard dash, 6.71-second three-cone drill, and 4.19-second shuttle — all of which were the fastest marks in attendance. He added a 35.5-inch vertical and 122.25-inch broad jump, while putting up 16 reps on the bench.

Despite his impressive measurables, Chris-Ike was never a full-time starter at Delaware State University. In 28 career games, he carried 162 times for 754 yards and five touchdowns, while making 10 total special teams tackles.

Chris-Ike’s stock for the 2024 CFL Draft is not expected to be significantly affected by the NFL opportunity. He is currently projected to come off the board in the second or third round.

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.