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Preview: Getting you primed for the 2019 CFL Scouting Combine

Preview: Getting you primed for the 2019 CFL Scouting Combine

TORONTO — Check time has arrived for Canada’s prime novice soccer prospects together with 18 ‘International’ gamers, because the 2019 CFL Scouting Mix introduced by New Period kicks off in Toronto this weekend.

Gamers arrive on Friday to participate in measurements and medicals, whereas the testing formally begins on Saturday on the Goldring Centre for Excessive Efficiency Sport with the vertical leap adopted by the bench press.

A busy Sunday shifts the scene to the bubble at Varsity Stadium, the place athletes will participate within the 40-yard sprint, shuttle, three-cone drill and broad bounce adopted by particular person drills and one-on-ones.

The lights are on, the scouts are watching and the second has arrived for prospects to attempt to elevate their draft inventory and depart one remaining impression earlier than the 2019 CFL Draft on Might 2.

With two days of stay programming that includes play-by-play commentary and evaluation from Marshall Ferguson, Davis Sanchez and Brodie Lawson, is bringing followers all the mix expertise with sideline entry and up-to-the-minute reviews and interviews with a few of the league’s most outstanding minds. Click on right here for an summary of’s protection, and go to all through the weekend for protection of the mix you don’t need to miss.


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» What to Look ahead to on Sunday

The regional mix circuit wrapped up Thursday, capping off three scouting showcases for prospects in Edmonton, Montreal and Toronto. A brand new wrinkle has been added to the nationwide showcase with the addition of ‘international’ gamers attending from abroad for the primary time ever. The 18 gamers will check alongside the highest prospects eligible for the 2019 CFL Draft. A number of delegates from every nation’s soccer federation shall be attending the Mix to absorb the occasions and to proceed the momentum on the CFL’s ‘’ worldwide technique.

The weekend finishes with one final probability to impress, as prospects line up towards each other face to face within the one-on-ones. This distinctive facet of the mix can be carried reside by, with commentary from Sanchez and Ferguson.

The schedule for Saturday and Sunday is as follows:


9:30 a.m. Peak/weight measurements, video shot and vertical leap
11:30 a.m. Bench press

*All occasions in EDT


9:00 a.m. 40-yard sprint, shuttle, Three-cone drill, broad leap (OL, DL solely)
10:00 a.m. OL, DL drills adopted by one-on-ones
10:45 a.m. Lengthy snappers work out
11:00 a.m. 40-yard sprint, shuttle, Three-cone drill, broad bounce
1:00 p.m. RB, LB, QB drills adopted by one-on-ones
2:00 p.m. WR, DB drills adopted by one-on-ones

*All occasions in EDT


Along with the 35 prospects initially on the nationwide mix record, 12 extra gamers have added their identify to the roster the final month by way of the regional mix circuit.

Regional combines in Montreal, Toronto and Edmonton expanded the sector to permit much more draft-eligible athletes the chance to impress the scouts. Those that have been invited will get an opportunity to point out what they will do towards the nation’s most highly-regarded prospects for the 2019 CFL Draft.

Hold an in depth eye on the regional mix invitations. Because the regionals have been carried out in 2013, 56 out of 74 (76 per cent) of late invitations have been taken within the CFL Draft, together with 12 final season:

– Marco Dubois, a receiver from Laval College (Japanese Regional), was chosen within the second spherical,
13th general, by the Ottawa REDBLACKS.

– Eric Mezzalira, a linebacker from McMaster College (Ontario Regional), was chosen within the second
spherical, 17th general, by the Calgary Stampeders.

– Jordan Beaulieu, a defensive again from Western College (Ontario Regional), was chosen within the
third spherical, 24th general, by the Edmonton Eskimos.

– Tanner Inexperienced, a operating again from Concordia College (Western Regional), was chosen within the
fourth spherical, 32nd general, by the Edmonton Eskimos.

– Arnaud Gendron-Dumouchel, an offensive lineman for College of Montréal (Japanese Regional), was
chosen within the fourth spherical, 33rd general, by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

– Justin Buren, a receiver from Simon Fraser College (Western Regional), was chosen within the fifth
spherical, 37th general, by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

– Paul Kozachuk, a linebacker from the College of Toronto (Ontario Regional), was chosen within the
sixth spherical, 46th general, by the Montréal Alouettes.

– Khadim Mbaye, a linebacker from the College of Ottawa (Japanese Regional), was chosen within the
seventh spherical, 52nd general, by the Montréal Alouettes.

– Harry McMaster, a receiver from Western College (Ontario Regional), was chosen within the seventh
spherical, 53rd general, by the Edmonton Eskimos.

– Will Watson, a receiver from the College of British Columbia (Western Regional), was chosen within the
seventh spherical, 54th general, by the BC Lions.

– Justin Howell, a defensive again from Carleton College (Japanese Regional), was chosen within the
seventh spherical, 55th general, by the Ottawa REDBLACKS.

– Jacob Firlotte, a defensive again from Queen’s College (Ontario Regional), was chosen within the
seventh spherical, 58th general, by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Regional Mix Outcomes
» Manitoba’s Ross dominates Western Regional
» Dearborn Toronto-bound after record-setting regional
» 4 from Ontario advance to Nationwide Mix


For the primary time ever, 18 ‘International’ prospects from 5 totally different nations have been invited to compete alongside draft eligible prospects, constructing momentum on the CFL’s worldwide technique. Under is a breakdown of the nations and positions represented by international gamers on the mix:


Germany – 6
Finland – four
France – four
Denmark – 2
Italy – 2


Receivers – 6
Defensive Linemen – 5
Linebackers – Three
Offensive Linemen – 2
Operating Again – 1
Quarterback – 1

The Waggle, Ep. 150: Mix Primer

EPISODE OVERVIEW: With the CFL Mix introduced by New Period kicking off this weekend, DJ & Davis take an early take a look at Marshall Ferguson’s mock draft and weigh in on every group’s wants heading into this weekend and, finally, the Draft.


Canadian QB hype

A yr after the diminutive Noah Picton was the highest quarterback on show on the mix, UBC’s Michael O’Connor checks in on the different finish of the dimensions spectrum. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound quarterback has garnered loads of consideration getting into the weekend as a professional professional prospect.

“O’Connor has the dimensions required to make the leap to the CFL, with the discharge and footwork to match it,” says’s Marshall Ferguson. “All he wants is a staff to offer him the appropriate match to develop like Andrew Buckley obtained in Calgary and he could possibly be the subsequent nice hope for Canadian QB followers.”

2017 Vanier Cup MVP Chris Service provider out of Western is one other Canadian quarterback to observe this weekend. The OUA First-Workforce All-Star in 2018, who gained the Yates Cup and was named MVP of the Mitchell Bowl, says present Calgary Stampeders head coach Dave Dickenson is his largest inspiration after attending his camps as a child.

CFL followers are ravenous for extra Canadian QB success after Mississauga, Ont. native Brandon Bridge turned the primary nationwide pivot to start out a playoff recreation in many years final November.

Velocity Boateng

Fresno State defensive again Matthew Boateng, who stated he needed to interrupt the 40-yard sprint document on the CFL Mix, put his wheels on show at his faculty’s professional day this week whereas blazing to a time of four.38. He’ll look to duplicate that success this weekend as he tries to impress the scouts forward of the Might 2 CFL Draft.

There’s no denying Boateng’s athleticism and upside, which make him one of the crucial intriguing athletes participating on this weekend’s occasions. Boateng has additionally acquired steerage from CFL-experienced minds throughout his time at Fresno State in former Lions head coach Jeff Tedford and present Ticats head coach Orlondo Steinauer.

The query for Boateng, who’s of no recognized relation to Eskimos pass-rusher Kwaku, is whether or not his athletic prowess meets his means as a soccer participant.

“I feel Matt has a future, if he needs to play, if he chooses to use himself,” Steinauer advised’s Chris O’Leary. “He’s bounced round a number of faculties however I feel he’s in an excellent place proper now in life and I hope he’s able to contribute. I feel he might have an extended profession up right here if he so chooses.”

Talking of Kwaku…

CFL groups may have an in depth eye on Laurier defensive finish Robbie Smith, who’s already drawing comparisons to Eskimos defensive finish Kwaku Boateng. In 2017 Boateng was handed on far too many occasions within the draft, dropping to 41st general earlier than turning into the CFL’s prime Canadian edge rusher and certainly one of just some ratio-breakers within the league — a mistake GMs would like to not repeat.

Our in-house draft guru Marshall Ferguson, nevertheless, has one other comparability for Smith: Calgary Stampeders defensive lineman Ese Mrabure, specifically due to his means inside towards the run. All three gamers got here out of Wilfrid Laurier.

“Everybody will need to examine Smith to Kwaku Boateng, and with good cause,” stated Ferguson. “Each donned the Laurier purple and gold with delight whereas wrecking havoc on OUA offensive strains with quite a lot of cross rush strikes. Right here’s the factor about Smith, nevertheless: he’s doing it heavier than Kwaku was at mix time and brings a barely totally different set of expertise, particularly towards the run inside.”

Smith, who checks in at 6-foot-2, 245 kilos, had three sacks in 2018 after recording 10.5 sacks in 2017. He’s projected to be a primary spherical decide in Ferguson’s newest mock draft.

First general favorite?

Talking of Marsh’s first mock draft, it seems Oklahoma State offensive lineman Shane Richards is an early favorite to go first general after a powerful professional day. Regardless of measuring up at almost 6-foot-6, 332 kilos, Richards confirmed some athleticism with a 27-inch vertical and 22 reps of 225 kilos on the bench press.

The ball is in Jim Popp’s courtroom proper now because the Toronto Argonauts maintain the primary general decide, and this early within the course of there’s no telling what may occur with the primary choice. The CFL Mix can go an extended option to figuring out who will go first general, however there are different elements to think about, together with last-minute trades, curiosity in prospects from south of the border and gamers who don’t take part within the nationwide showcase.

If the Argos are on the lookout for some muscle on the O-line with the highest decide, UNLV’s Kyle Saxelid might be one other contender for the highest decide. Saxelid began each recreation at left deal with for UNLV in 2015 and 2016, serving to their dashing assault common 241.5 yards per recreation, which ranked 16th within the nation and was this system’s highest common since 1979.

Together with his capability to play deal with, the Argos might patiently groom Saxelid as an eventual alternative for 35-year-old proper deal with Chris Van Zeyl. Canadian tackles have grow to be fairly uncommon within the CFL because the place continues to be dominated by People.

Identify recognition

Whereas the Picton and Onyeka household ties are absent from this yr’s mix, one participant with notable CFL bloodlines is 6-foot-2, 200-pound defensive again out of UBC Malcolm Lee. Lee is the brother of 2009 third general decide and operating again Jamall Lee, who broke the CFL’s 40-yard sprint document earlier than spending time with the BC Lions and the NFL’s Carolina Panthers.

Malcolm’s dad, Orville Lee, performed operating again for Ottawa, Hamilton and Saskatchewan within the late 80s and early 90s, whereas his uncle, Dwight Richards, was drafted 10th general by the Ottawa Tough Riders in 1993.’s Marshall Ferguson says we will anticipate Lee’s athleticism to be on full show over the subsequent two days in Toronto.

“Lee is lengthy, bodily and prepared to take the odd danger understanding that his pure athleticism and skill to see the large image defensively could make up for any missteps,” stated Ferguson. “Regardless of his inevitable future as a free security and particular teamer, Lee’s size and physicality ought to present nicely within the naturally unnatural setting of cross protection one-on-ones and particular groups gunner drills.”

The WPG RB pipeline

After Alex Taylor was drafted by Edmonton final season, the Winnipeg operating again pipeline stays plentiful within the CFL, having produced names like Andrew Harris, Anthony Coombs, Kienan LaFrance and Nic Demski, amongst others.

This yr it’s Jamel Lyles trying to comply with go well with and make the bounce to the skilled recreation, because the Manitoba operating again, who carried out within the East-West Bowl a yr in the past, tries to show heads at this weekend’s scouting showcase.

Lyles, a 6-foot, 210-pound again, shared one among his favorite reminiscences going into the mix, of the time he acquired Andrew Harris‘ gloves as a child and hung onto them. Final yr Lyles was one locker-room over from Harris whereas suiting up with the Bisons at Buyers Group Subject.

One other Winnipeg native in North Dakota operating again Brady Oliveira won’t be at mix however could possibly be a excessive draft decide on the CFL Draft on Might 2.

Dearborn can bounce!

One of many largest stars to emerge on the regional mix circuit was Jacob Dearborn, who will attempt to duplicate his afternoon in Montreal on the nationwide stage in Toronto.

On the Japanese Regional Mix final week, the Carleton Ravens defensive again set a regional mix document for his place with a 41-inch vertical. His 11-foot-1 broad bounce, in the meantime, was a CFL Mix report for defensive backs. Dearborn’s vert, by the best way, was greater than Odell Beckham Jr. (38.5″), LeBron James (40″) and present NFL draft prospect DK Metcalf (40.5″)!

Loads of stars have been born out of the regional combines, and Dearborn has the prospect to develop into the newest with a robust efficiency this weekend.

Lunch pail mentality

Whereas prime prospects look to solidify their draft inventory this weekend, one participant with a lot to realize is Manitoba offensive lineman Zack Williams. A projected mid-round draft decide, Williams has overcome tons all through his U SPORTS profession, from his father’s battle with most cancers to juggling faculty, soccer and a number of jobs.

“Rising up, my dad was one of many hardest guys I noticed,” stated Williams. “I’ve all the time appeared as much as him. Seeing him undergo this battle enables you to see how actually exhausting it’s,” he informed’s Chris O’Leary. “He’ll speak about life classes. He’ll inform me to maintain working exhausting and coaching.”

In 46 years, Manitoba coach Brian Dobie says he hasn’t seen a harder-working participant, which might work into Williams’ favour if he comes up massive within the one-on-ones on Sunday.

“He’s the hardest-working man, the most effective individuals I’ve ever coached. A workaholic.”

The Manitoba native was named a Canada West All-Star in 2018, a yr after collaborating within the East-West Bowl in Quebec Metropolis.

Additionally underneath the radar…

Two extra gamers to observe in line with’s Marshall Ferguson are Western linebacker Fraser Sopik and Laurier receiver Kurleigh Gittens Jr.

Sopik was instrumental within the Mustangs’ Vanier Cup Championship win over Laval in 2017, being named the sport’s most excellent defensive participant for his efforts. Ferguson says his particular groups acumen will make him a reputation to be careful for each on draft day and on the mix.

“He’s a barely bigger and extra aggressive within the field participant than former Mustangs teammate Jordan Beaulieu, however each have the identical downhill mentality,” stated Ferguson. “What Sopik does have is a day one particular groups position and the power to impress coaches and teammates with effort instantly on any staff sensible sufficient to draft him.”

Gittens Jr., in the meantime, has been a dominant receiver all all through his 4 seasons at Wilfrid Laurier. With Justin McInnis out of the mix, Gittens is among the most outstanding pass-catchers happening show this weekend in Toronto, coming off a 64-catch, 792-yard season, rating him top-five within the nation in each classes.

Roll Name: Who’s absent?

Not all the nation’s top-ranked expertise will probably be on stage on Saturday and Sunday, as Mathieu Betts (1), Justin McInnis (Three), Jonathan Kongbo (four), Alex Fontana (5), Hergy Mayala (6), Alexandre Savard (7), Maleek Irons (eight), Brady Oliveira (10) and Maurice Simba (11) gained’t be current.


Saturday begins brilliant and early with the vertical bounce, the place gamers begin from a set place and carry out a two-footed leap, touching the very best slat-marker attainable. A yr in the past, Toronto linebacker Paul Kozachuk and McMaster receiver Daniel Petermann tied with the very best vertical at 39 inches, and each ended up being drafted.

Chris Ackie‘s 40-inch vertical in 2015 was the very best in current reminiscence — till final week, when Carleton College’s Jacob Dearborn’s 41-inch vertical broke a document for his place at a regional mix. Dearborn can be one to observe in Saturday’s occasion as he appears to match his personal quantity.

“I had a reasonably good concept that I needed to be round there,” Dearborn stated of his spectacular bounce final week. “I had no concept it was record-breaking, I knew these numbers have been inside my vary so I used to be pushing for them. To listen to that, it’s shocking, it’s thrilling.”


Following the vertical leap, gamers will transfer on to the bench press at 11:30 a.m. This check of sheer power is all the time one of the crucial in style occasions of the mix, and it is available in a high-pressure setting as everybody stops and watches whereas prospects get one try to finish as many 225-pound reps as potential.

The bench press is especially essential for offensive and defensive linemen, as Hamilton Tiger-Cats entrance workplace marketing consultant Jim Barker famously as soon as stated he wouldn’t even think about an unnamed offensive lineman if he didn’t enhance on his 12-rep displaying on the East-West Mix.

“I advised him after the sport, ‘when you don’t bench press over 18, we gained’t even put you on our board’,” stated Barker. “There’s a sure power you must have to have the ability to move shield. The bench press, to me, is a man who’s prepared to spend the time within the weight room.”

Final yr the highest rating on the bench press was 27, set by eventual first-round select of UBC Dakoda Shepley. Elie Ngoyi and Philippe Gagnon have each hit 40 reps in recent times, whereas Jean Simon Roy led all individuals with 39 reps two years in the past in Regina.

Nonetheless, Michael Knill’s report of 47 reps, set again in 2011, has not but been threatened.


4 main checks make for a busy Sunday on the CFL Mix, to not point out the all-important one-on-ones as prospects get one final probability to make an impression.

Within the morning, prospects will put their velocity, agility and explosiveness to the check as every place group goes via the 40-yard sprint, shuttle, three-cone drill and broad bounce.

The 40-yard sprint checks each quickness (10 and 20 occasions) and straight line velocity (40 time). A poor 40 time can severely inhibit a prospect’s draft place whereas a quick time can separate somebody from the pack. Think about the span of 4 to 5 seconds probably defining a prospect’s future.

BC Lions draft decide Isaiah Guzylak-Messam had one of the best time final yr with a four.51, whereas former Montreal Alouettes defensive again Tevaughn Campbell stays the all-time digital document holder after operating a four.36 in 2015.

The three-cone drill exams a participant’s capability to vary path, stability and attain prime velocity shortly. The brief shuttle checks lateral quickness, start-and-stop quickness in addition to agility. Final yr eventual second general decide Mark Chapman had one of the best three-cone time at seven seconds flat, whereas Ticats draft decide Jackson Bennett had the most effective brief shuttle with a time of four.09.


Prospects will check their explosiveness and physique management with the broad bounce, which requires gamers to face behind a line and bounce ahead so far as potential. Final yr nobody had a greater broad leap than Chapman, who recorded a bounce of 10’7.25″ as a part of a dominant day on the nationwide mix in Winnipeg. As soon as once more, Dearborn shall be one to regulate, after leaping 11 ft and one inch on the regional mix, a report for his place.

Beginning at 1 p.m. ET, prospects might be put by way of particular person drills adopted by one-on-ones, a highly-competitive setting that’s distinctive to the CFL Mix. At this level, with the testing numbers finalized, the remainder of the work is to be placed on movie as coaches, scouts and basic managers see how prospects do in a extra bodily, football-specific surroundings.

Previous members have described one-on-ones as half psychological, half bodily and half preparation.

“I undoubtedly checked out a little bit of movie simply to type of get a way of sure guys that I’ll not have recognized or didn’t play within the OUA,” stated 2018 draft decide Justin Howell. “I checked a little bit of their movie to see what sort of route runners they’re. On the finish of the day, it’s only a one-on-one rep. You simply need to go together with what you understand, your fundamentals and belief your self and simply go and compete.”

For as much as the minute evaluation and a stay look-in on the mix, keep tuned to all through the week.


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Denmark’s Nielsen embracing the mix highlight –

Boateng brings velocity, intrigue to CFL Mix –

New Wilson X-Professional ball brings next-level analytics to mix –

For Comparability’s Sake: Projecting the mix’s prime prospects –

Via the Lens: The CFL Mix through the years –

Williams impressed, able to work at CFL Mix –

Preparation Meets Alternative: Greater than meets the attention at mix –

The artwork of the interview at CFL Mix –


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