CFL Draft: Ranking the top eligible players

On May 13, the next crop of Canadian talent will realize their dreams as their names are called one-by-one in the 2014 Canadian College Draft. For some, it will be an opportunity to step in right away and make an impact – largely on special teams. For others, it is the beginning of a long journey through camps, battles and more to get to where they want to be.

Then, there is McGill’s Laurent Duvernay-Tardif.

The consensus top prospect for the 2014 draft will likely never suit up for one of the league’s nine teams. The reason? A heavy influence from the National Football League.

If you are an avid follower of the Canadian Football League and the draft, you already know the story.

Two years ago, Tyrone Crawford was the top ranked prospect for the 2012 CFL Draft. One week prior to the Canadian draft, Crawford was selected in the third round, 81st overall by the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys. The ensuing result saw Crawford go undrafted in the Canadian draft due to his high draft pick.

Last season, the top overall prospect was Oregon’s Boseko Lokombo. Again, in the CFL, that means interest from the NFL. As such, Lokombo was selected 21st overall by the Lions in last year’s draft. The native of Congo returned to Oregon to complete his senior season and has received a 5th to 6th round draft projection for May’s NFL Draft.

Already on the radar of several NFL teams, Duvernay-Tardif cemented his status after a rock solid pro day at McGill last month. Duvernay-Tardif’s testing numbers were so good that he would have ranked in the top ten of all offensive linemen who were invited to the NFL Combine. Further to his status in the CFL Draft, more NFL teams showed up than CFL teams for the pro day.

Despite the foregone conclusion that Duvernay-Tardif will be in a NFL camp this fall, he still ranks at the top in Canada.


 

OVERALL RANKINGS
1. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif – OL – McGill
2. Pierre Lavertu – OL – Laval
3. David Foucault – OL – Montreal
4. Quinn Smith – DL – Concordia
5. Devon Bailey – WR – St. FX
6. Anthony Coombs – RB – Manitoba
7. Evan Gill – DL – Manitoba
8. Jesse Briggs – LB – McGill
9. Dylan Ainsworth – DL – Western
10. Matthias Goossen – OL – Simon Fraser
11. Adam Thibault – DB – Laval
12. Andrew Lue – DB – Queen’s
13. Casey Chin – LB – Simon Fraser
14. Beau Landry – LB – Western
15. Kris Bastien – WR – Concordia
16. Antoine Pruneau – DB – Montreal
17. Raye Hartmann – DB – St. FX
18. Max Caron – LB – Concordia
19. Derek Jones – DB – Simon Fraser
20. David Menard – DL – Montreal


POSITIONAL RANKINGS

RUNNING BACKS
1. Anthony Coombs – Manitoba
2. Pascal Lochard – Laval
3. Guillaume Bourassa – Laval
4. Robert Farquharson – Guelph
5. Jordan Botel – Mount Allison
6. Errol Brooks – York
7. Alexandre Dupuis – Montreal
8. Aaron Milton – Toronto
9. Mac Sarro – Calgary
10. Sean Murphy – McGill

RECEIVERS
1. Devon Bailey – St. FX
2. Kris Bastien – Concordia
3. Evan Pszczonak – Windsor
4. Alex Pierzchalski – Toronto
5. Alexander Fox – Bishop’s
6. Tore Corrado – Simon Fraser
7. Scott MacDonell – Queen’s
8. Francis Lapointe – Sherbrooke
9. Brian Marshall – Western
10. Kit Hillis – Saskatchewan

OFFENSIVE LINE
1. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif – McGill
2. Pierre Lavertu – Laval
3. David Foucault – Montreal
4. Matthias Goossen – Simon Fraser
5. Kyle Paterson – Regina
6. Terry Hart – St. FX
7. Jas Dhillon – UBC
8. Tchissakid Player – Northwestern St
9. Aaron Wheaton – Toronto
10. Quinn Everett – Mount Allison

DEFENSIVE LINE
1. Quinn Smith – Concordia
2. Evan Gill – Manitoba
3. Dylan Ainsworth – Western
4. David Menard – Montreal
5. Nigel Romick – Saint Mary’s
6. Martin Pesek – Acadia
7. Michael Dadzie – Regina
8. Derek Wiggan – Queen’s
9. Dylan Roper – Simon Fraser
10. Kirby Fletcher – Acadia

LINEBACKERS
1. Jesse Briggs – McGill
2. Casey Chin – Simon Fraser
3. Beau Landry – Western
4. Max Caron – Concordia
5. Travis Bent – Concordia
6. Chris Johnson – Toronto
7. Thomas Miles – Manitoba
8. Omar Smith-Jackson – Bishop’s
9. Aram Eisho – McMaster
10. Eric Noivo – Concordia

DEFENSIVE BACKS
1. Adam Thibault – Laval
2. Andrew Lue – Queen’s
3. Antoine Pruneau – Montreal
4. Raye Hartmann – St. FX
5. Derek Jones – Simon Fraser
6. Matt Webster – Queen’s
7. Josh Burns – Windsor
8. Eric Black – Saint Mary’s
9. Mattey Ossom – McGill
10. Alexandre Branco – Sherbrooke

KICKERS
1. Johnny Mark – Calgary
2. Tyler Crapigna – McMaster
3. Zack Medeiros – London Beefeaters
4. Denton Kolodzinski – Saskatchewan

Rankings compiled by Tyler Bieber
Questions, comments can be directed to cfldaily@gmail.com

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