CFL Scouting Bureau RANKINGS (Final): 15 CFC100s make top 20

TORONTO — It appears offensive linemen Zach Wilkinson and Drew Desjarlais have made major strides after last month’s CFL Combine presented by New Era, as revealed by their position in the final CFL Scouting Bureau rankings released Friday.

Wilkinson, a product of Northern Colorado, moved 13 spots to become the fourth-ranked prospect, while Windsor’s Desjarlais has gone from unranked to seventh overall. Both players took part in the combine from March 22-24.

The top three remain the same, led by Laval defensive lineman Mathieu Betts followed by Oklahoma State O-lineman Shane Richards and Arkansas State receiver Justin McInnis. Other big names dropped substantially though, including Houston offensive lineman Alex Fontana (10) and Laval receiver Alexandre Savard (20).

The annual April rankings, which place the top 20 ranked draft-eligible prospects in order as determined by scouts and player personnel directors from the league’s nine teams, mark the last of three editions leading up to the 2019 CFL Draft on May 2.

The entire ranking is as follows:

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SPRING SCOUTING BUREAU RANKINGS
Rank (Previous) Name Position School Hometown
1 (1) CFC100 Mathieu Betts DL Laval Montreal, Que.
2 (2) CFC100 Shane Richards OL Oklahoma State Calgary, Alta.
3 (3) Justin McInnis WR Arkansas State Pierrefonds, Que.
4 (17) CFC100 Zach Wilkinson OL Northern Colorado Vancouver
5 (6) CFC100 Hergy Mayala WR Connecticut Montreal
6 (4) CFC100 Jonathan Kongbo DL Tennessee Surrey, B.C.
7 (NR) CFC100 Drew Desjarlais OL Windsor Belle River, Ont.
8 (8) CFC100 Maleek Irons RB Ohio Chilliwack, B.C.
9 (13) CFC100 Kaion Julien-Grant WR St. FX Toronto
10 (5) Alex Fontana OL Kansas Toronto
11 (NR) CFC100 Brayden Lenius WR New Mexico North Vancouver, B.C.
12 (16) CFC100 Samuel Thomassin OL Laval Quebec City
13 (11) Maurice Simba OL Concordia Laval, Que.
14 (NR) Jesse Gibbon OL Waterloo Hamilton, Ont.
15 (12) Robbie Smith DL Laurier Brampton, Ont.
16 (9) CFC100 Kurleigh Gittens Jr. WR Laurier Ottawa
17 (19) CFC100 Michael O’Connor QB UBC Orleans, Ont.
18 (10) CFC100 Brady Oliveira RB North Dakota Winnipeg
19 (NR) CFC100 Malcom Lee DB UBC Surrey, B.C.
20 (7) CFC100 Alexandre Savard WR Laval Quebec City

Please note: The number in parentheses is the player’s ranking from the last CFL Scouting Bureau, published in December.

September Rankings
December Rankings

TOP-5 PROSPECTS

Mathieu Betts | OL | Laval

Betts continued to hold his ground at the top of the rankings, jumping one spot to gain the first overall position in the winter rankings. In 2018, Betts capped a very successful fourth year with the Laval Rouge et Or by capturing the second Vanier Cup of his career.

The Montreal native became the first player in history to claim the J.P. Metras Trophy three times, making him the first to win four major U SPORTS awards during his career. He led U SPORTS with nine sacks on the season and totaled 14 tackles for a loss. Betts also received an invite to play in the East-West Shrine Game in Florida where he registered one tackle for a loss.

Shane Richards | OL | Oklahoma State

Richards remained the second-ranked prospect in the final scouting bureau. In his senior year with the Cowboys, he played eight regular season games and capped off his collegiate career by winning the AutoZone Liberty Bowl game against Missouri 38-33 on New Year’s Eve.

The 6-foot-8 lineman redshirted in 2017 and appeared in four games in 2016. Prior to college, the Calgary native played for Crescent Heights in Calgary and one season with the New Mexico Military Institute (JUCO).

Justin McInnis | WR | Arkansas State

McInnis played in his third season with the Arkansas State Red Wolves last year. The receiver finished second on the team with 56 receptions for 694 yards and six total touchdowns to help lead the team to an 8-4 record and an Arizona Bowl appearance against Nevada. His best game in 2018 came against University of South Alabama where he notched 177 receiving yards and a touchdown on seven receptions.

In his three seasons with the Red Wolves, McInnis compiled 115 receptions for 1,577 receiving yards and 10 touchdown receptions. McInnis is a native of Pierrefonds, Que.

Zach Wilkinson | OL | Northern Colorado

Wilkinson, a Vancouver native, saw his stock rise following his performance at the CFL Combine presented by New Era last month in Toronto. In the December ranking Wilkinson was ranked 17th and soared 13 spots to secure a top-4 showing. He helped pave the way for the Northern Colorado offense that averaged 366.3 yards per game last season.

Hergy Mayala | WR | Connecticut

Montreal native Hergy Mayala jumped a spot to join the top-five. Mayala played in all 12 games during his senior season, leading the Huskies with 40 reception for 361 yards and five touchdowns. In his four years at Connecticut he appeared in 43 games recording 113 receptions for 1,352 yards and 12 touchdowns.

BY THE NUMBERS

The rankings include: seven offensive linemen, six receivers, three defensive linemen, two running backs and a quarterback and defensive back.

16 schools are represented on the list with Laval (three), Laurier (two) and UBC (two) having multiple prospects on the list.

2018 CFL Draft first overall selection Mark Chapman was ranked second on the 2018 Spring Scouting Bureau.

Last year’s spring rankings saw all 20 prospects selected in the CFL Draft, with nine being selected in the first round.

ABOUT THE SCOUTING BUREAU

The CFL Scouting Bureau releases its rankings three times each year: in September, December and April.

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

source: cfl.ca

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