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Three CIS players in top four on final draft prospect list

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CIS Press Release
4/18/2013 4:09:18 PM
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OTTAWA (CIS) – The CFL Scouting Bureau released Thursday its third and final prospect list for the league's 2013 Canadian Draft, with three CIS players earning a spot in the top four. The draft is scheduled for May 6 at noon ET, live on TSN.

In total, seven CIS standouts cracked the 15-player list, equaling the number from the second report published by the CFL on Dec. 12 and one less than on Sept. 19.

Defensive tackle Stefan Charles from the University of Regina is the top CIS prospect going into the draft. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound junior is ranked second overall behind Oregon linebacker Bo Lokombo, who also held the No. 1 spot in December.

Charles, who hails from Oshawa, Ont., topped the initial Scouting Bureau list back in September but had dropped to No. 4 before Christmas.

Other CIS all-stars on the radar of CFL teams include Calgary defensive lineman Linden Gaydosh at No. 3, McMaster offensive tackle Matt Sewell at No. 4, McMaster defensive end Ben D'Aguilar at No. 7, Regina offensive lineman Brett Jones at No. 8, Calgary linebacker Mike Edem at No. 10 and Laval wide receiver Seydou Junior Haidara at No. 11.

Gaydosh stays put on the new list. Sewell and D'Aguilar are both down two spots. Jones and Edem are up three and four positions, respectively, while Haidara makes his first appearance on the prospect list five months after helping the Rouge et Or capture a record-setting seventh Vanier Cup.

After being ranked fifth in September and 13th following the CIS season, Calgary running back Steven Lumbala was left off the final Top 15.

A year ago, Ben Heenan, an offensive lineman from the University of Saskatchewan offensive, topped the first two Scouting Bureau lists before dropping to second place in the third and final rankings. In May, he became the sixth CIS player in as many years – and the 10th in the past 13 years - to be selected first overall in the CFL Draft when the Saskatchewan Roughriders called his name at No. 1.

The CFL's Scouting Bureau is comprised of CFL scouts, player personnel directors and general managers from the league's eight teams.

Stefan Charles (Photo: CIS)

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