Forde: Top 50 CFL Prospects at a Glance

Duane Forde
5/6/2013 9:04:03 AM
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TSN football analyst Duane Forde breaks down his Top 50 prospects ahead of the 2013 CFL Draft. 

The Top 50

1. Bo Lokombo (LB, Oregon): redshirt junior; athletic playmaker is expected to be chosen within the first three rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft

2. Stefan Charles (DT, Regina): signed with NFL's Tennessee Titans; tremendous lower body power makes him a dominant force...when he wants to be; significant signing bonus from the Titans increases his NFL chances

3. Nolan MacMillan (OG, Iowa): redshirt junior; made Phil Steele's Freshman All-American team in 2010 but has struggled to stay healthy; projected late round NFL pick in 2014

4. Linden Gaydosh (DT, Calgary): the 2009 CIS Rookie of the Year was clearly the most impressive performer at the CFL Combine; the odds on #1 overall pick

5. Matt Sewell (OT, McMaster): signed with NFL's Tennessee Titans; long arms and good footwork have him projected as a tackle; in light of his 6'8", 330 lbs. frame, some would like to see him be more physical; East West Shrine game participant

6. Brent Urban (DT, Virginia): redshirt junior; the 2014 NFL stock of this 6'7", 280 pounderis gaining momentum after a breakthrough season

7. Andy Mulumba (DE, Eastern Michigan): signed with NFL's Green Bay Packers;

8. Mike Edem (S, Calgary): Canada West Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 after moving from defensive halfback to weakside LB spot; has the speed and athleticism to play safety at the next level

9. Jesse Joseph (DE, Connecticut): redshirt junior; started as a true freshman for the Huskies in 2009 but forced to take an injury redshirt in 2012 following an Achilles tendon tear; may draw NFL attention next spring

10. Brander Craighead (OG, Texas-El Paso): redshirt junior; 6'6" Ottawa native has played multiple positions along the O-Line in his NCAA career but manned the critical left tackle position for the Miners in 2012

11. Ben D'Aguilar (DE, McMaster): has received invitations to multiple NFL mini-camps; ridiculously athletic defensive end set a new CIS sack record in 2012 en route to being named the country's top lineman

12. Brett Jones (OG/OC, Regina): medical school aspirations may cause several teams to view this perennial All-Canadian as something of a gamble

13. Seydou Junior Haidara (SB, Laval): big, physical receiver was the only pass catcher to improve his stock at the CFL Combine; once a high end recruit, he never had big numbers for the Rouge et Or but might be better suited to the pro level

14. Corey Watman (OC, Eastern Michigan): by virtue of his Division 1 experience, this tough, smart centre is viewed as perhaps the most game ready O-Lineman available; height may limit him to only playing centre

15. Hosam Shahin (DT, Rice): redshirt junior; combined with fellow Canadian Christian Covington to provide one of the better DT tandems in college football; 5 sacks in 2012

16. Connor Williams (DE, Utah State): redshirt junior; tough, physical Ottawa native began his college career as a linebacker; as a 275 lbs. end in a 3-4 scheme, he could likely bump inside in
 the CFL

17. Hunter Steward (OT, Liberty): redshirt junior; spent the first two years of his NCAA career as a D-Lineman at Virginia; still a work in progress but, at 6'7" this prototypical left tackle has significant upside

18. Chris Mercer (OT/OG, Regina): overshadowed at Regina by his linemate Brett Jones but the 6'6" Mercer boosted his stock with a strong on field performance at the CFL Combine; plays with the edge that O-Line coaches love

19. Simon LeMarquand (SB, Ottawa): hard working slotback doesn't shy away from the high traffic areas; consistently makes the tough catches

20. Kalonji Kashama (DE, Eastern Michigan): redshirt junior; could become the fourth Kashama brother (after Alain, Hakeem, and Fernand) to play defensive line in the CFL

21. Carl-Olivier Prime: (LB, Wagner): signed with NFL's Indianapolis Colts; four-year starter at linebacker for the Seahawks is a tackling machine; listed at 255 lbs., he'd likely have to shed weight to play LB on the CFL field

22. Isaac Dell (FB, Wilfrid Laurier): versatility is the calling card for Dell, who was one of the pleasant surprises of the CFL Combine; a solid pass blocker who is also comfortable catching the ball out of the backfield

23. Steven Lumbala (RB, Calgary): younger brother of B.C.'s Rolly Lumbala has seen his stock drop slightly through his senior year; nonetheless, his first three years at U of C show that he can be very explosive

24. Natey Adjei (WR, Buffalo): redshirt junior; remains somewhat enigmatic to many scouts as he has seen limited game action at UB; one of the draft's more athletic receivers, he began his post-secondary career at a juco, City College of San Francisco

25. Jermaine Gabriel (S, Calgary Colts): former Bishop's Gaiter established himself as a big-time impact player at the CJFL level; runs well and brings physical play to the safety position

26. Stephen Adekolu (WR, Bishop's): big receiver has soft hands and willingness to get involved physically; a hamstring injury at the CFL Combine forced him to sit out 1-on-1s but he excelled during that period at NIC two days earlier

27. Shane Bergman (OG, Western): 6'7", 340 lbs. man mountain still has plenty of untapped potential after taking a two-year hiatus between his two CIS seasons; while he doesn't have the feet of Matt Sewell, his quickness belies his size

28. Michael Klassen (DT, Calgary): overshadowed somewhat by Linden Gaydosh on the Dinos D-Line, Klassen impressed after earning a late CFL Combine invitation; athletic with room to add weight to his 275 lbs. frame

29. Yannick Morin-Plante (WR, Laval): one of the fastest players in the draft, he showed big play ability on a consistent basis for the Rouge et Or

30. Elie Ngoyi (DE, Bishop's): physically impressive, the CFL Combine's bench press champ possesses good tools; lacks ideal "length" for a defensive end and 6'0", 260 lbs. frame is likely maxed out weight wise preventing a move inside

31. Matthew Albright (OG, Saint Mary's): good size and athleticism make this 6'5", 290 lbs. guard an intriguing prospect in an "uncertain" O-Line class

32. Mike DiCroce (WR, McMaster): a Hec Crighton finalist in 2011, the speedy wideout missed most of 2012 with a foot injury; struggles at times against physical defenders, which may limit him to playing at Z (wide side wide receiver)at the next level

33. Billy Pavlopoulos (K/P, British Columbia): best as a punter, this Thunderbird sat out in 2012 after a suspension for use of a banned substance

34. Brendan Gillanders (RB, Ottawa): has battled injuries at times as a Gee Gee but there's no disputing his explosiveness

35. Tolu Akinwumi (LB, Rice): redshirt junior; missed the 2012 season recovering from injuries and may sit out 2013 as well but remains a valuable prospect as there are few LBs in his class athletically

36. Matt Vonk (OC/OG, Waterloo): played tackle for the Warriors but projects as an interior lineman in the CFL; athletic but will need to add some weight to compete against bigger DTs

37. Kristopher Robertson (CB, Concordia): dominated CFL Combine testing with his speed and explosiveness but, at 5'8" (maybe), his size is a concern

38. Josh Prinsen (OT, Queen's): 6'7" tackle has a lean frame that suggest some upside; three-year starter for the Gaels

39. Nicolas Boulay (LB, Sherbrooke): productive CIS linebacker is viewed as a player who can have an immediate special teams impact

40. Alex Anthony (Wilfrid Laurier): underrated athlete and solid playmaker bounced back with an impressive 2012 after a knee injury wiped out his 2011 season

41. Ryland Smith (S, Bishop's): still raw but an impressive athlete who embraces a physical, aggressive style

42. Steven McCollum (DE, Bishop's): cousin of current Toronto Argonaut James Yurichuk played out of position at DT for the Gaiters last fall; high energy player who could contribute on special teams

43. Cameron Thorn (OL/DL, Guelph): CIS defensive tackle didn't look out of place as he worked out exclusively at O-Line at the CFL Combine

44. Jorgen Hus (LS/LB, Regina): signed with NFL's St. Louis Rams; played few snaps defensively for Regina but obviously executes a critical role extremely well

45. Spencer Moore (SB/ST McMaster): saw limited time in a deep Marauders receiving corps but might be the best special teams player in this class

46. Taylor Servais (OG, Ottawa): may be slightly limited athletically but he has the size and strength to compete as a pro

47. Justene Edwards (SB/FB, McGill/Ottawa): with stops in the CJFL and two CIS programs, he's had a nomadic career but possesses good size and relishes the physical part of the game

48. Justin Chapdelaine (WR, Queen's): made a smooth transition from QB to receiver in 2011; son of BC offensive coordinator Jacques so his high football IQ is no surprise

49. Patrick Chenard (S, Sherbrooke): defender has good size and has always exhibited a knack for making the big play

50. Matt Burke (FB, Bishop's): carried the ball a lot at Bishop's but, at 245 lbs., he projects as a true fullback in the CFL

From about number 40 through 70 on my list, things are very close but here are a few of the more intriguing prospects in the Class of 2013.

- Stephen Alli (WR, Florida): at 6'5", 220 lbs. and possessing blazing speed and tremendous leaping ability, he is the freakiest athlete in the class but has seen little action on offence for the Gators; will sit out 2013, then health status and academic pursuits may determine whether or not he ever plays; athleticism would put him much higher if a CFL future were certain

- Ronlee King-Fileen (RB, Bishop's): saw limited action for the Gaiters in a crowded backfield but 6'1", 220 lbs. back impressed at Quebec Regional Combine

- Dumitru Ionita (K/P, Concordia/Twin Cities Predators): strong-legged kicker led the CIS in punting in 2010 before leaving school; impressed at the National Invitational Combine

- Neil King (DB/LS, Saint Mary's): the younger brother of Eskimos LS Ryan King is a smart player who can provide depth on D while contributing on specials

- Myles Gibbon (QB/WR, South Alabama/York): while Hawaii's Cayman Shutter is the most polished QB prospect in the draft, Gibbons has turned heads with his athleticism to the point that many teams are looking at him as a receiver

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