Former McGill DB Ben Labrosse lands NFL rookie mini-camp invite from New York Giants

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Canadian defensive back Ben Labrosse has been invited to rookie mini-camp with the New York Giants, per sources.

The native of Greenfield Park, Que. is one of the top prospects in the 2024 CFL Draft but will get his shot to vie for a spot in the NFL in two weeks.

The six-foot, 190-pound defender did not play in 2023 due to academic issues but was named a first-team All-Canadian at cornerback with McGill in 2022. In eight games for the Redbirds, he logged 35 total tackles and three interceptions while adding 214 all-purpose yards.

Prior to his time in U Sports, Labrosse committed to Syracuse University in 2020 and appeared in nine games as a true freshman, recording 11 total tackles and one for loss. He left the team due to a playtime dispute after one game in 2021, recording three tackles versus Ohio.

Labrosse posted impressive numbers at the 2024 CFL Combine, winning the broad jump with a leap of 11 feet and two inches. He also tied for first with a 4.51-second forty-yard dash and finished second in the vertical jump with a leap of 38.5 inches, while recording a 6.76-second three-cone, 4.31-second short shuttle, and 12 reps on the bench.

The athletic former Redbird did not appear on the CFL’s final top 20 scouting bureau ranking but could be taken in the first round on Tuesday, April 30. His NFL opportunity is not expected to affect his stock significantly.

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.