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Forde: The 2009 CFL Canadian Draft...Listed

Duane Forde
5/2/2009 9:48:35 AM
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THE 2009 CFL DRAFT...LISTED

TOP TEN PROSPECTS

1. Simeon Rottier (OT, Alberta)  2. Étienne Légaré (DL, Laval)  3. Jamall Lee (RB, Bishop's)  4. Eric Fraser (DB, Central Michigan)  5. Matt Carter (WR, Acadia)  6. Matt Morencie (OL, Windsor)  7. James Yurichuk (LB, Bishop's)  8. Tristan Black (LB, Wayne State)  9. Dylan Steenbergen (OL, Calgary)  10. Matt Lambros (WR, Liberty) 
 
POSITIONAL RANKINGS

Position:OFFENSIVE LINE

1. Simeon Rottier (Alberta, 6'5”, 295): could be a ratio buster at tackle

2. Matt Morencie (Windsor, 6'2”, 290): may be the most CFL ready lineman available

3. Dylan Steenbergen (Calgary, 6'3”, 285): has good feet and could top out over 300 lbs.

4. Steve Myddelton (St. Francis Xavier, 6'2”, 293): powerful run blocker

5. Gord Hinse (Alberta, 6'4”, 310): stock on the rise after strong showing at Laval Combine

6. Bill McGrath (Indiana State, 6'5”, 275): has started just four games in his college career

7. Mike Morris (British Columbia, 6'4”, 305): big body is his biggest asset

8. Zach Pollari (Western Ontario, 6'6”, 265): long armed tackle needs to gain 25 pounds

9. Vincent Turgeon (Laval, 6'3”, 300): All-Canadian is a brawler

10. Christian Jacques (Sherbrooke, 6'2”, 270): a little light but one of the more athletic OL

Others In The Mix (in alphabetical order): Daniel Bederman (Queen's), Adam Bestard (Wilfrid Laurier), Francis Daneau (Sherbrooke), Vince De Civita (Queen's), Louis-David Gagné (Laval), Darren Hinds (Saskatchewan), Samuel Nemis (Manitoba), Christian Oberegger (St.
Francis Xavier), Maxime Otis (Sherbrooke), Stephane Turner (Montreal)

Position:DEFENSIVE LINE

1. Étienne Légaré (Laval, 6'3”, 270): great motor and athletic ability, like a raw Adam Braidwood

2. Dedrick Sterling (Queeen's, 6'3”, 265): a strong E-Camp put him on the radar

3. Jonathan Pierre-Etienne (Montreal, 6'2” 260): perhaps the draft's most skilled D-Lineman

4. Deji Oduwole (Calgary, 6'2”, 250): will need to beef up to play in the CFL's trenches

5. Osie Ukwuoma (Queen's, 6'2”, 270): needs his work ethic to match his great natural ability

6. Chris Parris (Charleston Southern, 6'4”, 245): pass rusher may be one of this draft's sleepers

7. Stan Van Sichem (Regina, 6'2”, 230): the draft's most athletic DL will get a long look at LB

8. Martin Gagné (Montreal, 6'2”, 245): CIS star is coming off knee
surgery

9. Chad Cossette (Windsor, 6'4”, 290): in a draft starved for big D-Linemen, he'll get a look

10. Scott McQuaig (British Columbia, 6'3”, 230): CIS sackmaster is a little small as a CFL end

Others In The Mix (in alphabetical order): Mathieu Brossard (Montreal), Ivan Brown (Saskatchewan), Kyle Daley (British Columbia), Jean-Philippe Gilbert (Laval), Garrett Glasrud (Montana State – Northern), Austin McLennan (Saint Mary's), Nickolas Morin-Soucy (Montreal), Bill Pritchard (Ottawa)

Position:RUNNING BACKS

1. Jamall Lee (Bishop's, 6'0”, 220): explosive athlete has signed with NFL's Carolina Panthers

2. Eric Lee (Weber State, 5'10”, 240): teams will have to wait a year for this fullback prospect

3. Peter Quinney (Wilfrid Laurier, 5'11, 225): versatility and work ethic will earn him a look

4. Marek Seta (Simon Fraser, 6'0”, 215): feature back for SFU will have to block at next level

5. Devon Jones (Saint Mary's, 5'10”, 230): son of former CFLer averaged 7 yards a carry in ‘08

Others In The Mix (in alphabetical order): Craig Bearss (Ottawa), Benoit Boulanger (Sherbrooke), James Green (St. Francis Xavier), Jerome Hofferden (Concordia), Davie Mason (Ottawa), Nick Romain (York), Jonathan Shreve (Saint Mary's)


Position:LINEBACKERS

1. James Yurichuk (Bishop's, 6'2”, 225): the sky is the limit for this rangy athlete

2. Tristan Black (Wayne State, 6'2”, 240): physically ready but lack of speed is a concern

3. Mike Cornell (Ottawa, 6'0”, 220): has good range but must be more
consistent

4. Tang Bacheyie (Kansas, 6'1”, 210): physical college DB has good coverage skills

5. Thaine Carter (Queen's, 5'11”, 215): top defender in CIS missed E-Camp with an injury

Others In The Mix (in alphabetical order): Andrea Bonaventura (Calgary), Brandon Ganne (Regina), Kyle Jones (Bishop's), Jason Kosec (Western Ontario)

 Position:RECEIVERS

1. Matt Carter (Acadia, 6'1”, 200): the draft's most polished receiver

2. Matt Lambros (Liberty, 6'2”, 205): combines size and speed with good release moves

3. Spencer Armstrong (Air Force, 6'1”, 195): draft's #1 sleeper has two year military gig

4. Darcy Brown (Saint Mary's, 6'3”, 250): may ultimately be the draft's best fullback prospect

5. Scott McHenry (Saskatchewan, 6'1”, 220): he does it all; a poor man's Jason Clermont

6. Cassidy Doneff (Washburn, 6'0”, 185): former CJFL star practiced with the Stampeders in ‘07

7. Josh Svec (Waterloo, 5'11”, 190): his quick feet and soft hands are Brett Ralph-like

8. Martin Bedard (Connecticut, 6'2”, 230): NCAA tight end is also a long snapper

9. Milos Zivkovic (Simon Fraser, 6'4”, 235): very raw but also very big and surprisingly athletic

10. Caleb Clark (Western Michigan, 6'2”, 212): converted QB is still learning the position

11. Simon Blaszczak (Manitoba, 6'5”, 220): injuries and poor E-Camp have hurt his stock

Others In The Mix (in alphabetical order): Jesse Bellamy (Western Ontario), Matthew Bolduc (Ottawa), Sean Cowie (Waterloo), Matt Giordano (McMaster), Travis Gorski (Saskatchewan)

Position:DEFENSIVE BACKS

1. Eric Fraser (Central Michigan, 6'1”, 215): two-year starter is coming off ankle surgery

2. Ryan Hinds (New Hampshire, 6'1”, 190): natural corner offers good coverage skills

3. Tamon George (Regina, 6'0”, 185): smart and athletic, he may need to bulk up to play safety

4. Matt Morris (Toronto, 5'9”, 190): instinctive player reminds some of Davis Sanchez

5. James Green (Calgary, 5'10”, 215): a DB/LB tweener, he'll have to drop weight to play DB

6. Maxime Bedard (Ottawa, 6'2”, 195): decent cover skills and good range make him a sleeper

7. Jimmy Allin (Queen's, 5'10”, 170): at 170 lbs., he hardly looks the part but he's lightning quick

8. Ray Wladichuk (Simon Fraser, 5'11”, 190): decent E-Camp showing could earn him a look

9. Anthony Lukca (McGill, 5'9”, 190): poor E-Camp showing hurt stock of CIS star; long snaps

10. Brad Crawford (Guelph, 5'11”, 190): could surprise on special
teams

Others In The Mix (in alphabetical order): Anthony Deslauriers (Simon Fraser), Bryan Gauer (McMaster), Darren Geddert (Regina), Matt Grohn (Calgary), Samuel Lajoie (Laval), Greg Landry (McGill), Kwasi Nkansah (St. Francis Xavier), Jamie Shaw (Guelph), Jordan Van Horn (Wilfrid Laurier), Pat McGarry (Waterloo)

Category: SLEEPERS

1. Spencer Armstrong (WR, Air Force): Armstrong is likely the most athletic and explosive receiver in this draft but he flew under the radar for a long time because he didn't receive his non-import status until February. Even now, despite his impressive film, some teams may be hesitant to draft him because he must fulfill a two-year military commitment before he can play football full time.

2. Gord Hinse (OL, Alberta): Perhaps Hinse was overlooked because he was the Golden Bears' “other” tackle, playing opposite Simeon Rottier, but he didn't receive an invitation to the CFL's E-Camp. However, once he climbed on to some teams boards with a strong performance at the annual Laval Combine, people started realizing that his game film was worth watching.

3. Chris Parris (DE, Charleston Southern): Charleston Southern isn't exactly a football hotbed, so it's understandable that a lot of teams didn't see Chris Parris play live, but once they saw his tape or worked him out, a number of teams came away wishing that they had started paying attention to him earlier.

4. Jason Kosec (LB, Western Ontario): Kosec sat out his senior year because of academic issues and the rust showed when he attended the CFL's E-Camp in August. That said, Kosec can run, which is a critical trait in determining whether a linebacker can or can't make a contribution in the CFL.

5. Darcy Brown (SB, Saint Mary's): Brown may be overlooked as a prospect because nobody is really sure what position he'll play as a pro but, at 6'2”, 250 lbs, and gifted with good mobility and soft hands, the smart bet is that someone will find a spot for him.


Category: IF YOU CAN FIND HIM, YOU SHOULD DRAFT HIM

These players showed great potential before having their college football careers derailed by injuries, academic issues, or just personal choice. In a draft where teams are expected to take gambles, these guys represent the ultimate roll of the dice.

1. Mathieu Brossard (DE, Montreal): Brossard actually attended the CFL's E-Camp and was considered a decent CFL prospect before announcing that he would join the family business rather than pursuing a career in the CFL.

2. Jordan Kozina (RB, McMaster): Kozina was impressive as a CIS rookie, taking over for the graduated Jesse Lumsden in the Marauders backfield in 2005. However, the arrival of Andre Sadeghian the next year moved him to fullback and eventually led him to choose his other
passion...rugby.

3. Kevin Walsh (SB, York): Walsh was one of the most dynamic players in the CIS in '05 but injuries and academics forced him to the sidelines for most of the next three years.

4. Ricardo Clarke (WR, Manitoba): Clarke is another player whose impact was immediate...and brief. He was a big part of the Bisons outstanding aerial attack in '05 but left school after a year and never
returned.

5. Francis Claude (TE, Penn State): at 6'5”, 250 lbs., Claude could be a prospect in this draft at his natural position of tight end or as an offensive line conversion product but, after three years of limited playing time, he graduated from Penn State and moved on rather than play out his eligibility.


Category: SORRY. HE'S NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THIS DRAFT!

These players are definitely Canadian and they're all very good football players but, for a variety of reasons, you won't hear their names called in the 2009 CFL Draft.

1. Vaughn Martin (DT, Western Ontario): Martin, a fourth round pick of the San Diego Chargers last week, entered the NFL Draft as an
underclassman. The CFL doesn't grant CIS players early entry, forcing them to wait until four years after the beginning of their college
careers to become draft eligible. So, regardless of what unfolds down south, Martin won't be drafted by a CFL team until 2011.

2. Zac Carlson (OT, Weber State): A projected Top 5 pick, Carlson was one of the most talked about prospects leading up to this draft but he lost a race against time to complete his application for non-import status. As a result, he'll have to wait for the May 11 supplemental draft, in which the Hamilton Tiger-Cats are expected to take him with the first pick.

3. Austin Collie (WR, Brigham Young): Contrary to popular belief, Vaughn Martin wasn't the first Canadian chosen in the 2009 NFL Draft.  That honour belongs to Collie, the Indianapolis Colts fourth rounder, who was born in Hamilton, Ontario while his father Scott was catching passes for the Tiger-Cats. Unfortunately, Collie doesn't qualify as a
non-import under the CFL's current rules.

4. Jamaal Westerman (DE, Rutgers): Although he played four years of high school football in his hometown of Brampton, Ontario, Westerman,
who was signed by the New York Jets as a free agent last Sunday, isn't considered a non-import by the CFL either. The one year of football he
played in the U.S. before he moved to Canada prevents him from qualifying for that status.

5. Brendan Deska (DL, Boston College): This redshirt junior appears to qualify as a non-import on the basis of having lived in Canada for
seven years of his childhood but he has never shown an interest in applying to the CFL to officially be granted that status.

 




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