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« on: January 22, 2021, 06:21:09 AM »

Alaric Jackson tops winter Scouting Bureau Rankings

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TORONTO - The CFL Scouting Bureau has published the second edition of the Top-20 prospects eligible for the 2021 CFL Draft. The league also announced that eligible NCAA players will not have their draft year deferred.

The CFL Scouting Bureau, comprised of CFL scouts, as well as player personnel directors and general managers from the league?s nine clubs, releases its rankings three times each year: in the fall, winter and spring.

WINTER SCOUTING BUREAU RANKINGS

Rank    Name    Position    School    Hometown
1.       (1)    Alaric Jackson    OL    Iowa    Windsor, ON
2.       (4)    Josh Palmer    WR    Tennessee    Brampton, ON
3.       (-)    Chuba Hubbard    RB    Oklahoma State    Sherwood Park, AB
4.       (2)    Amen Ogbongbemiga    LB    Oklahoma State    Calgary, AB
5.       (-)    Jevon Holland    DB    Oregon    Coquitlam, BC
6.       (3)    Terrell Jana    WR    Virginia    Vancouver, BC
7.       (5)    Liam Dobson    OL    Maine*    Ottawa, ON
8.       (6)    Sage Doxtater    OL    New Mexico State    Welland, ON
9.       (7)    Daniel Joseph    DL    North Carolina State    Toronto, ON
10.    (11)    Pierre-Olivier Lestage    OL    Montreal    Saint-Eustache, QC
11.    (-)    Benjamin St-Juste    DB    Minnesota    Montreal, QC
12.    (10)    Alonzo Addae    DB    West Virginia    Pickering, ON
13.      8    Patrice Rene    DB    North Carolina**    Ottawa, ON
14.    (9)    Deshawn Stevens    LB    Maine    Toronto, ON
15.    (-)    Mohamed Diallo    DL    Central Michigan    Toronto, ON
16.    (12)    Logan Bandy    OL    Calgary    Calgary, AB
17.    (13)    Deane Leonard    DB    Ole Miss    Calgary, AB
18.    (15)    Luiji Vilain    DL    Michigan    Ottawa, ON
19.    (14)    Nelson Lokombo    DB    Saskatchewan    Abbotsford, BC
20.    (-)    Bryce Bell    OL    Laurier    Waterloo, ON

Please note: The number in parentheses is the player's ranking from the last CFL Scouting Bureau, published in October.

*Dobson has transferred to Texas State
** Rene has transferred to Rutgers

2021 CFL DRAFT UPDATE

The league also announced that NCAA players who are draft eligible in the 2021 CFL Draft, and decide to use their extra year of eligibility, will not have their draft year deferred.  In August, the NCAA Division 1 Board of Directors also decided to grant another year of eligibility to any Fall sport athletes denied an opportunity to compete this year because of COVID-19.

However, U SPORTS athletes had the opportunity to defer their draft year to 2022, if they decided to. In total, 132 prospects chose to move back their draft year to 2022.

TOP-5 PROSPECTS

ALARIC JACKSON | OL | IOWA

Windsor native Alaric Jackson started all eight games at left tackle this season for the Hawkeyes, which led to a berth into the Music City Bowl against Missouri (the bowl game was cancelled due to COVID-19). This season, Jackson was part of an offensive line unit that ranked second in the Big Ten in fewest sacks allowed, first downs, fourth down conversions and scoring offence and third in red zone offence. Jackson was also named to the second-team All-America by the American Football Coaches Association. He finished his career with 42 career starts at left tackle. In 2020, Iowa finished 16th in the final Associated Press Poll. The six-foot -six, 315-pound tackle will also participate in the Reese?s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama at the end of January.

JOSH PALMER | WR | TENNESSEE


During the 2020 season, Palmer led the Tennessee Volunteers in receptions (33), receiving yards (475) and receiving touchdowns (4) becoming only the sixth Vol from Canada to earn a letter all-time. The Brampton, Ont. native finished his collegiate career with 99 receptions, 1,514 yards and seven touchdown receptions across 47 games. Like Jackson, he will also participate in the Reese?s Senior Bowl.

CHUBA HUBBARD | RB | OKLAHOMA STATE

Despite missing several games due to an injury, Hubbard led the Cowboys in rushing with 625 yards, averaging 4.7 yards per carry and scoring six touchdowns (5 rushing, 1 receiving). The six-foot, 208-pound back was named to the 2020 All-Big 12 Football Second Team. In his sophomore season, the Sherwood Park, AB native rushed for 2,094 yards and a whopping 21 majors. This led to him being named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and finished eighth in Heisman Trophy voting. In his three seasons with the Cowboys, he rushed for 3,459, scored 36 touchdowns and averaged 5.9 yards per carry. In 2020, Oklahoma State finished 20th in the final Associated Press Poll.

AMEN OGBONGBEMIGA | LB | OKLAHOMA STATE

Ogbongbemiga had a terrific final season in Stillwater, OK. He finished second on the team with 80 tackles (50 solo, 30 assisted) while adding five tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. For consecutive seasons, the Calgary, AB native was named to All-Big 12 Football Second Team. He finishes his collegiate career with 208 tackles (131 solo, 77 assisted) 25 tackles for a loss, nine sacks, three fumble recoveries and an interception.

JEVON HOLLAND | DB | OREGON

Holland opted out for the 2020 college football season as well as his playing eligibility to enter the NFL draft. In his first two seasons at Oregon, the Coquitlam, B.C. native notched nine interceptions in his first two seasons at Eugene. As a freshman and sophomore, he led the Ducks in interceptions, marking the first time an Oregon player has done that since Jarius Byrd. In two seasons he racked up 108 tackles (71 solo, 37 assisted) 10 passes defended and 4.5 tackles for a loss. Holland also took part in punt returns where he accumulated 17 punt returns with a 15.3 yards per return average.

BY THE NUMBERS

    The rankings include: six defensive backs and offensive linemen, three defensive linemen, two linebackers and wide receivers and a running back.
    18 schools are represented on the list and two schools that feature two players:

        Oklahoma State (No. 3 Chuba Hubbard and No. 4 Amen Ogbongbemiga)
        Maine (No. 7 Liam Dobson and No. 14 Deshawn Stevens)

    16 prospects come from NCAA; 4 from U SPORTS

    Last year, 18 of 20 prospects identified in the winter rankings were selected in the 2020 CFL Draft
    Of the nine first round selections in the 2020 CFL Draft, five appeared in the winter rankings.

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« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2021, 03:50:24 PM »

Any early indication which might be looking towards NFL opportunities. Or even which might be perceived as having NFL talent.

The draft order will change over time. I'd expect we will pick based on best talent available rather than target by position. We have pretty good depth across the board and will end up with about 12 draft choices to be considered at TC.

The current rankings are heavy DB's and OL players.
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« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2021, 04:29:35 PM »

Amen Ogbongbemiga 6'1" 235. Best D player in the draft. Says he wants his shot at the NFL. Which mite be good for Winnipeg this year $$$. Give him his shot in the NFL and bring him back in a year or two. 

D Joseph: 6'3" 265. Best DL in the Draft. Carbon copy to JK2. Had a breakout year this year. He will probably give the NFL a shot.

M Diallo: 6'4" 305. This is a big boy that can stop the run. Could be the future replacement for Jake.

Jevon Holland is as good as Mapletron, so he's probably heading to the NFL.

There is a large group of OL's but we really don't need another OL right now. Sage Doxtater 6'7" 330 this is one big man.
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« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2021, 04:50:39 PM »

Other teams may be making the same decisions on taking a flyer on a future returnee from NFL.

It's not the norm to have to look at 2 draft classes in TC at the same time.

I'm not opposed to taking a risk with 1 or our 1st 2 picks. Whether they choose to do or not is anybodies guess and will depend on the 2 teams above us making choices to some degree.

Another OL might ride on whether we are able to bring back Speller. If so how do we retain everyone on the OL gets even dicer.
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« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2021, 03:40:20 PM »

Nice article about Montreal's St-Juste. He played in the Senior Bowl this year, and will get looks from both the NFL and CFL. At 6'3" 205 this kid could be a good safety in the CFL.
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« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2021, 06:23:31 PM »

 Wouldn't use an early pick, but would it be worth using a late round pick to gamble on C. Hubbard ?  I think he will be NFL drafted and play there a long time, but you never know - maybe if he flames out there he would be interested in playing in the CFL ?  And shows up to carry on a new Bomber tradition of outstanding Canadian RBs - Harris... Oliveira + Augustine ...
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« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2021, 09:54:17 PM »

Nice article about Montreal's St-Juste. He played in the Senior Bowl this year, and will get looks from both the NFL and CFL. At 6'3" 205 this kid could be a good safety in the CFL.

Or he can play Cornerback.  I don't understand why people keep wanting to convert Canadians, who played cornerback in university to safety in the pros.  This year has a great crop of Canadian CBs; St-Juste, Rene, Leonard and Lokombo.  All of them should be given.a chance at CB in the CFL.
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« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2021, 10:15:27 PM »

Or he can play Cornerback.  I don't understand why people keep wanting to convert Canadians, who played cornerback in university to safety in the pros.  This year has a great crop of Canadian CBs; St-Juste, Rene, Leonard and Lokombo.  All of them should be given.a chance at CB in the CFL.

We all know that doesn't happen in the CFL. They should but they don't.

I wouldn't be drafting a RB. We are very deep at Canadian RB. AH (34).  JA (28).  BO (24). 
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« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2021, 10:34:15 PM »

Or he can play Cornerback.  I don't understand why people keep wanting to convert Canadians, who played cornerback in university to safety in the pros.  This year has a great crop of Canadian CBs; St-Juste, Rene, Leonard and Lokombo.  All of them should be given.a chance at CB in the CFL.

 Lokombo played D-half for the Huskies; even rarer for Canadians to get a shot there than at CB in the good ole CFL.  Darryl Sampson the last one to man that spot regularly in the CFL ?  Woodson played some there last year for the Argos and was impressive IMO - they just re-signed him = we shall see.
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« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2021, 06:37:59 PM »

Or he can play Cornerback.  I don't understand why people keep wanting to convert Canadians, who played cornerback in university to safety in the pros.  This year has a great crop of Canadian CBs; St-Juste, Rene, Leonard and Lokombo.  All of them should be given.a chance at CB in the CFL.

No they shouldn't. As mentioned in the post below: speed and competition levels.
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« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2021, 07:10:12 PM »

Or he can play Cornerback.  I don't understand why people keep wanting to convert Canadians, who played cornerback in university to safety in the pros.  This year has a great crop of Canadian CBs; St-Juste, Rene, Leonard and Lokombo.  All of them should be given.a chance at CB in the CFL.

It usually comes down to speed. CSI speed ain't necessarily CFL speed.  And, Canadian college players don't necessarily see the same level of competition in their man coverage as their NCAA counterparts.

Which isn't to say Canadians don't get a chance at cornerback (albeit usually field corner).  Matt Bucknor is the last Canadian to play cornerback for the Bombers, if I recall correctly.  Courtney Stephen has played cornerback, as have Anthony Thompson, Arjen Colquhon, and Tevaughn Campbell. 

So it's not like it never happens.
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« Reply #11 on: February 09, 2021, 03:03:17 PM »

It usually comes down to speed. CSI speed ain't necessarily CFL speed.  And, Canadian college players don't necessarily see the same level of competition in their man coverage as their NCAA counterparts.

Which isn't to say Canadians don't get a chance at cornerback (albeit usually field corner).  Matt Bucknor is the last Canadian to play cornerback for the Bombers, if I recall correctly.  Courtney Stephen has played cornerback, as have Anthony Thompson, Arjen Colquhon, and Tevaughn Campbell. 

So it's not like it never happens.

I never said it never happens, what I said is more Canadians deserve a chance to play the position they played in college.
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« Reply #12 on: February 09, 2021, 03:53:12 PM »

I never said it never happens, what I said is more Canadians deserve a chance to play the position they played in college.

You're missing the point why it doesn't happen. Players deserve to get a chance when they show they deserve it by play on the field. They don't deserve it just because they are Canadians.
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« Reply #13 on: February 09, 2021, 05:32:12 PM »

You're missing the point why it doesn't happen. Players deserve to get a chance when they show they deserve it by play on the field. They don't deserve it just because they are Canadians.

 I think it's you who are clearly missing the point:  players are recruited by what they did at the next highest level before the pros and at a specific position;  but some to lots of Canadian players don't get the chance to compete at their position because of the huge amount of bias and favortism by CFL decision makers towards American players - which has been made more prevalent by CFL roster rule changes to allow more American players.  It is blatant and obvious favortism/bias (at QB, D-half and at other CFL times at tailback, MLB, CB, OT). The very best Canadian O-Line talent from college ball almost always gets a CFL shot, though mostly at interior O-line.

Players are given a chance to try-out for a specific team and specific position by the football people in charge - players don't get to just show up and try-out or compete on their own accord or because they are Canadian.
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« Reply #14 on: February 09, 2021, 05:35:32 PM »

I think it's you who are clearly missing the point:  players are recruited by what they did at the next highest level before the pros and at a specific position;  but some to lots of Canadian players don't get the chance to compete at their position because of the huge amount of bias and favortism by CFL decision makers towards American players - which has been made more prevalent by CFL roster rule changes to allow more American players.  It is blatant and obvious favortism/bias (at QB, D-half and at other CFL times at tailback, MLB, CB, OT).  Players are given a chance to try-out for a specific team and specific position by the football people in charge - players don't get to just show up and try-out or compete on their own accord or because they are Canadian.

That's not true. Many NAT players are drafted based on their athleticism and the coaches plan to convert them to another position.
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