News 2018 CFL National Combine

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    Name # Pos School
    AMOAH, Christopher 30 RB Laval
    BANNER, Bo 90 DL Central Washington
    BEAULIEU, Jordan 26 DB Western University
    BENNETT, Jackson 20 DB Ottawa
    BRETON, Mathieu 92 DL Bishop's
    CHAPMAN, Mark 80 WR Central Michigan
    CIRACO, Darius 52 OL Calgary
    COTE, Mickael 40 LB Concordia
    DUBOIS, Marco 88 WR Laval
    FIRLOTTE, Jacob 28 DB Queen's
    GENDRON-DUMOUCHEL, Arnaud 50 OL Montreal
    GODBER, Peter 53 OL Rice
    GUZYLAK-MESSAM, Isaiah 21 DB Wilfrid Laurier
    HARRINGTON, Sean 41 LB Michigan State
    HENRY, Rashari 93 DL Wilfrid Laurier
    HOWELL, Justin 27 DB Carleton
    JACK, Archelaus 82 WR Saint Mary's
    JENNINGS, Brandon 22 DB Acadia
    KORTE, Mark 54 OL Alberta
    KOZACHUK, Paul 7 LB Toronto
    KWEMO, Nelkas 42 LB Queen's
    LAURENT, Julien 94 DL Georgia State
    LAWRENCE, Justin 55 OL Alberta
    MACKIE, David 31 RB Western University
    MACMILLAN, Sam 51 OL Toronto
    MAXWELL, Dagogo 23 DB UBC
    MBAYE, Khadim 47 LB Ottawa
    MCGLAUN, Norvell 95 DL Indiana State
    MCMASTER, Harry 87 WR Western University
    METCHIE, Royce 24 DB Guelph
    MEZZALIRA, Eric 46 LB McMaster
    MOISAN, Etienne 83 WR Laval
    ONYEKA, Godfrey 25 DB Wilfrid Laurier
    ONYEKA, Kene 96 DL Carleton
    PETERMANN, Daniel 84 WR McMaster
    PICKETT, Andrew 56 OL Guelph
    PICTON, Noah 1 QB Regina
    PIERRE, Tyrone 85 WR Laval
    POULIN, Jean-Gabriel 43 LB Western University
    ROWE, Boston 44 LB Calgary
    SCEVIOUR, Ryan 57 OL Calgary
    SHEPLEY, Dakoda 58 OL UBC
    SIMON, Atlee 32 RB Regina
    SIMONISE, Rashaun 86 WR Calgary
    STONE, Ryder 33 RB Dartmouth
    STRONG, Christian 2 QB Seton Hill
    TAYLOR, Alex 34 RB Western University
    TEITZ, Micah 45 LB Calgary
    WADE, Brett 97 DL Calgary


    5 players to track at the Western Regional Combine

    He may be small in stature but receiver Dallas Boath is a big-time play maker.

    The five-foot-nine, 180-pound pass-catcher played for the West Team in the U Sports East-West Bowl last year after playing just one game for the Dinos that season. In that game, the Calgary, Alberta native caught eight passes for 142 yards and a touchdown while also returning three punts for 13 yards.

    He’s also been a part of the Dinos team that won back-to-back Hardy Cups in 2016 and 2017. Boath also helped Calgary to winning the Mitchell Bowl in 2016.

    Keep an eye out for Boath in the 40-yard dash on Thursday. He’ll be looking to improve on his 2017 East-West Bowl Combine results where he posted a 4.85 second 40 time.


    If you’re looking for a dynamic defensive back to follow on Thursday, look no further than Jayden McKoy.

    The five-foot-10, 185-pounder played in eight regular season games last year and recorded 28 unassisted tackles, 13 assisted tackles and one forced fumble. Keep an eye on him during the one-on-ones after he tallied three interceptions last season (good for third in Canada West and eighth in U SPORTS).

    In his four seasons with the Manitoba Bisons, McKoy collected 13 interceptions in total, including five in his rookie season (2014) which was second-most in the CIS that year.


    Daniel Nesbitt will be putting his six-foot-two, 215-pound frame on full display on Thursday as he hopes to get the call to join the national combine.

    Nebsitt had a stellar 2017 campaign, recording 29 unassisted tackles and 29 assisted tackles (good for first in Canada West and fifth in U SPORTS). He also added 1.5 sacks, two tackles for a loss, a forced fumble and one interception. The Regina, Sask. native also played for the West Team in the East-West Bowl.

    He had a breakout season as the Ram’s starting middle linebacker in 2016, earning Canada West All-Star honours and led the team in tackles (34 solo and 36 assisted). He also tallied two interceptions, three pass breakups, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

    REC | UBC

    William Watson will be hoping to grab the attention of scouts and general managers on Thursday as he eyes a spot at the CFL National Scouting Combine presented by adidas.

    Watson, a five-foot-11, 193-pound pass-catcher, played for the West Team in the U SPORTS East-West Bowl last season while also suiting up in three regular season games. He caught seven passes for 103 yards in his final year with the Thunderbirds.

    In 2016, Watson caught 42 passes (sixth in Canada West) for 507 yards (ninth in Canada West) and six touchdowns (fourth in Canada West). He doubled as a returner, returning five kicks for 90 yards and five punts for 15 yards.

    Keep an eye on Saskatchewan Huskies defensive lineman Tristian Koronkiewicz on Thursday as he hopes for an invite to the national combine.

    The six-foot-four, 250-pound Regina, Saskatchewan native recorded 29 total tackles and four sacks in his third season with the Huskies. In his first two seasons (2015, 2016), the former CJFL player tallied 28 total tackles, two sakcs, three tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two pass breakups.

    For Comparison’s Sake: Projecting the combine’s top prospects

    Godfrey Onyeka[​IMG]
    DB | Laurier

    Onyeka is a long defensive back capable of rotating down to acting as a linebacker but also capable of running with your team’s best receiver. He arguably has the most well-rounded skill set of all the defensive backs in 2018’s draft as Onyeka is just as likely to light up a ball carrier, sky to knock away a pass or get involved in the run game. Part of the reason he remains a first round discussion point.

    Comparison: Taylor Loffler (2016 UBC)

    Julien Laurent[​IMG]
    DL | Georgia State

    Laurent is a bit taller than your typical NFL style nose tackle but at 6-foot-4 he uses his athleticism and work ethic to grind towards the quarterback or ball carrier. As a constant staple of the Georgia State defensive line over the last four years, Laurent has solidified numerous game tapes full of sound positioning, gap responsibility and a distance ability to knock down intended passes. Laurent can hold a gap well and has learned how to use his size to create advantages.

    Despite Gill’s struggles to stay on the field, there is no doubt his frame and athletic ability coming out of Manitoba had scouts salivating. Laurent has that same appeal.

    Comparison: Evan Gill (Manitoba 2014)

    Nelkas Kwemo[​IMG]
    LB | Queen’s

    Similar to both Laurent and Onyeka above, Kwemo is a taller than average player for his position which, in combination with his length and speed, gives this linebacker exceptional range. Kwemo is undoubtedly a CFL body type and will do well as a weak side linebacker backup and special teams ace.

    Comparison: James Yurichuk (Bishop’s 2009)

    Jackson Bennett [​IMG]
    DB | Ottawa

    Bennett brings a unique combination of speed, quickness and power to the defensive backfield. He loves to finish a play with the big hit or ball strip and approaches the game with an energy sure to draw interest from multiple teams at the combine. Bennett also adds return expertise as part of his resume which made me want to compare him to Tunde Adeleke selected out of Carleton last year — but the defensive back style of play and body type match up more closely with Bouka.

    Comparison: Elie Bouka (Calgary Dinos 2016)

    Mark Chapman[​IMG]
    REC | Central Michigan

    Chapman is a really intriguing prospect. He doesn’t carry the size of the big body jump-ball type receivers and he isn’t really an exclusive underneath check down guy. He is super athletic and smooth in routes but at Central Michigan was used similar to Brandon Banks in Hamilton after June Jones arrived this year as a package player with screens, jet sweeps and quick hitters designed to get him touches.

    At 6-foot, 180, Chapman isn’t as small or fast as Chris Williams but possesses much of his playmaking style. It’s two BC Lions though who make me think of Chapman’s game.

    Comparison (Athletically): Shaq Johnson (Western 2016)
    Comparison (On Field): Shawn Gore (Bishop’s 2010)

    Regis Cibasu[​IMG]
    REC | Montreal

    Cibasu is this year’s marquee big-bodied receiver. He might not be the quickest out of the starting blocks or run a crazy fast 40-yard dash at the CFL Combine but his ball skills and ability to position his body to gain an advantage on in-breaking routes is elite relative to the remainder of this year’s receiver draft class.

    Throw it up and Cibasu will go get it just like a pair of Calgary Stampeder national pass catchers.

    Comparison: Juwan Brescacin (Northern Illinois 2016), Lemar Durant (2015 Simon Fraser)

    Mark Korte[​IMG]
    OL | Alberta

    At 6-foot-4, Korte has to work his lower body to maintain leverage, but his athleticism during the 2018 U Sports regular season was easy to see. Since the season ended Korte, has added close to twenty pounds (280 to 300 pounds) as his body grows into its pro form. The combination of Korte’s athleticism, footwork and new found size has me thinking of another young Western Canadian.

    Comparison: Micheal Couture (2016 Simon Fraser)

    Alex Taylor[​IMG]
    RB | Western

    The running back position as a whole took a hit in last year’s draft with only two true running backs in Ed Ilnicki (Alberta) and Sean Thomas-Erlington (Montreal) getting selected over the last 10 selections. If that trend is going to be bucked this year it will come from the quickness and elusive moves of Western’s Alex Taylor, who returns home in Winnipeg for the national combine. Taylor ran plenty between the tackles in Western’s power run game but it’s his work at the second level that separates him, running away from defenders just like his comparable.

    Anthony Coombs (Manitoba 2014)

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