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https://www.tsn.ca/top-prospect-betts-leads-list-of-cfl-combine-invites-1.1264942

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Top prospect Betts leads list of CFL Combine invites

TSN.ca Staff

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The CFL announced the 2019 Combine schedule and participants list Wednesday, with top-ranked prospect Mathieu Betts leading the list of players that will take part in the National Combine.

Betts, a defensive lineman from Laval University, was the top prospect on the CFL Scouting Bureau's winter rankings.

20m ago

 

Top prospect Betts leads list of CFL Combine invites

TSN.ca Staff

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    The CFL announced the 2019 Combine schedule and participants list Wednesday, with top-ranked prospect Mathieu Betts leading the list of players that will take part in the National Combine.

Betts, a defensive lineman from Laval University, was the top prospect on the CFL Scouting Bureau's winter rankings.

 

The second and third ranked prospects, offensive lineman Shane Richards and receiver Justin McInnis, will also be at the National Combine.

The CFL Combine schedule kicks off March 11 with the Western Regional Combine and culminates with the National Combine March 22-24.

 

NATIONAL COMBINE PARTICIPANTS

NAME NO. POS. COLLEGE
ANDERSON, Nathaniel 90 DL Missouri
BETTS, Mathieu 91 DL Laval
BIBAKU SIMBA, Maurice 56 OL Concordia
BOATENG, Matthew 20 DB Fresno State
DESJARDINS, Vincent 92 DL Laval
DESJARLAIS, Drew 50 OL Windsor
GIBBON, Jesse 51 OL Waterloo
GITTENS JR., Kurleigh 81 WR Wilfrid Laurier
GRANT, Thomas 93 DL Acadia
GRIFFITHS, Connor 94 DL UBC
HARKE, Jonathan 52 OL Alberta
HARRY, Jamie 23 DB Ottawa
HUNCHAK, Colton 82 WR York
JOSEPH, Cedric 31 RB Western
JULIEN-GRANT, Kaion 83 WR St. Francis Xavier
KALINIC, Nicola 84 WR York
KARL, Hunter 85 WR Calgary
KATSANTONIS, Stavros 21 DB UBC
LAWLEY, Sheriden 95 DL UBC
LEE, Malcom 22 DB UBC
LENIUS-DICKEY, Brayden 80 WR New Mexico
LYLES, Jamel 32 RB Manitoba
MCINNIS, Justin 86 WR Arkansas State
MERCHANT, Chris 1 QB Western
O'CONNOR, Michael 2 QB UBC
OSEI-KUSI, Chris 87 WR Queen's
POLAN, Gabriel 33 RB Sherbrooke
RICHARDS, Malik 89 WR Mount Allison
RICHARDS, Shane 53 OL Oklahoma State
ROBINSON, Noah 40 LB Missouri
ROY, Vincent 54 OL Sherbrooke
SAVARD, Alexandre 88 WR Laval
SAXELID, Kyle 55 OL UNLV
SMITH, Robert 96 DL Wilfrid Laurier
SOPIK, Fraser 41 LB Western
STARCZALA, Eric 57 OL Guelph
THOMASSIN, Samuel 64 OL Laval
WILKINSON, Zachary 58 OL Northern Colorado
WILLIAMS, Zackary 59 OL Manitoba
 

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I honestly will be shocked if Betts shows up. He's a legit NFL prospect, I'd think he'd have many better things to do than show up to this thing. 

Excited to see some of these guys though ... surprised Oliviera isn't attending, but he's probably one of the guys that has NFL aspirations instead, along with Fontana and Mayala. Gittens Jr, Lenius, Savard .. good group of receivers. Absolute bunch of trash for anything on defence aside from the DL though. That'll make it tough to get a good read on these receivers.

I still say we look to take Kongbo at 4/5 if we possibly can. Not sure he falls that far but hopefully injury concerns drop his stock a bit. We can afford to risk one of those first rounders. Something like Kongbo and Simba would be a good haul for us.

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https://www.bluebombers.com/2019/03/04/two-months-draft-day/

Bombers' picks for 2019: fourth and fifth in the first round and then 14th, 23rd, 32nd, 41st, 50th, 59th and 68th overall.

The Q&A with Walters is pretty informative, too. I like how he explains his views.

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On 2019-02-27 at 10:38 AM, Mike said:

. Something like Kongbo and Simba would be a good haul for us.

You would think that the Lions would want to draft Simba....to one day be the king...of their offensive line.

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The CFL revealed Thursday that Wilson Sporting Goods will implement the Wilson X-Pro Connected Football and Training System as a way to capture data on the quarterbacks participating in the Combine.  The technology will utilize an undetectable sensor embedded in a Wilson CFL football to measure quarterback performance in the areas of throw quality and play timing.

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Specifically, the System Measures:

Timing: snap to release, snap to target and release time

Throw Quality: Spin rate and spiral efficiency

Arm Strength: Throw count and velocity.

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On 2019-03-14 at 12:37 PM, Mr Dee said:

Well then, all Betts are off..

 

 

7 minutes ago, Tracker said:

Well then. all Betts are off.

 

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Canadian offensive lineman Shane Richards has refused to participate in any of the testing events at the CFL combine — so the league has sent him packing.

Richards’ agent, and everybody’s favourite - Johnathon Hardaway, has a history of directing clients not to participate in combine testing on short notice. 

Don’t know who’s Matthew Boateng’s agent, but he has been sent home from the CFL combine after electing not to run the forty-yard dash on Sunday.

https://3downnation.com/2019/03/23/another-prospect-has-been-sent-home-from-the-cfl-combine-and-its-time-to-change-the-events-eligibility-rules/

👁‍🗨As reported, these guys have every right not to participate, but, by doing so, they prevent 2 other players who weren’t invited, to miss a chance to impress some CFL team. And that’s not right.

 

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They sign a contract saying they will participate in all drills before they get their plane ticket. Don't want to participate... don't sign and don't go. Simple as that. Frankly, not participating after you've said you would is a huge red flag for me. I wouldn't draft them until the 3rd round or later, and yes, I know that means I wouldn't get to draft them at all.

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Just watched the OL/DL one on ones.  Really impressed with Wilkinson Northern Colorado, Williams U of M and Desjarlais Windsor.  Williams has tackle potential, but all of these guys most likely interior guys in CFL.  Disappointed with Saxelid UNLV and Thomassin Laval, although both probably still go first 3 rounds.

 

DL group is not very good.  Griffiths from UBC very technically sound but not much burst out of his stance, will have no issue holding a gap.  Potential to be decent rotational guy, might be the type someone would try to flip to OL because he has great feet, just not very athletic and not really stout enough to be a nose tackle, looks like a guard.

Bunch of guys in this group that have DE bodies but DT athleticism.  Start eating. 

Smith from Laurier only standout among the DE's.  Lachance from U of M quick out of stance but standing up by third step, recipe to get knocked on your ass against better competition.

 

EDIT: Forgot to say, the internationals in this group were absolutely brutal in terms of football.  Their testing numbers don't stand out as being as awful as they looked in the drills.

Edited by JuranBoldenRules

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RB's and LB's.  Nothing notable.  Kalinic ran drills as FB type, potential to be that guy in CFL.  I think Lyles can be a useful player in the CFL, but nothing he can really show in the combine environment, put up decent numbers, good mid-round value pick.  LB group is really bad.

Receivers/DB's:

Gittens is great.  Doubt he's available when the Bombers pick.

Osei-Kusi, fast but beware of hands.  Brutal 1 on 1's aside from one double move.  Could not catch any slants or outs.

Lenius-Dickey, think he'll be a decent slot if he takes on blocking role, crap route runner but big and reasonably quick.

Really liked Julien-Grant SFX, big (thick more than tall) and smooth.  Good hands.  Quick transition from catch to run.

Hunter Karl from Calgary very solid.  Nothing jumps off the page, just consistent, smooth, catches the ball.

Shai Ross is an insane athlete.  Hands and route running questionable, quit on a few routes and gave up INTs in 1 on 1's.  I'd take a chance on him becoming a great special teamer with some coaching, maybe a move to DB, late-round.

Dearborn DB out of Carleton, like a more athletic Loffler.  Not sure how physical he is at full contact, but man can he move, no trouble sticking with any receivers today.  Liked Busby and Lee too, guys who could be corners.  Jamie Harry best DB at playing the ball, showed a lot in coverage, played a lot of safety in CIS.  Lots of DB's here that will play.

 

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