CFL DECEMBER SCOUTING BUREAU RANKINGS

CFL DECEMBER SCOUTING BUREAU RANKINGS

Conference call with David Onyemata, Mehdi Abdesmad and Taylor Loffler will take place at 1pm ET today

Thursday, December 10, 2015 — TORONTO – The Canadian Football League (CFL) Scouting Bureau has released its second of three rankings of the top-20 eligible prospects for the 2016 CFL Canadian Draft.

The CFL will host a conference call today with David Onyemata, Mehdi Abdesmad and Taylor Loffler at 1pm ET today.

Call-In number: 416-695-7806 / 866-696-5910
Passcode: 5684407

Here is the Full Ranking:

December Scouting Bureau Rankings
 

Rank

Name

Position

School

Hometown

1 (1)

Tevaun Smith

WR

Iowa

Toronto, ON

2 (2)

David Onyemata

DL

Manitoba

Lagos, Nigeria

3 (6)

Josiah St. John

OL

Oklahoma

Toronto, ON

4 (9)

Mehdi Abdesmad

DL

Boston College

Montreal, QC

5 (3)

Arjen Colquhoun

DB

Michigan St.

Windsor, ON

6 (10)

Charles Vaillancourt

OL

Laval

Coaticook, QC

7 (5)

Mercer Timmis

RB

Calgary

Burlington, ON

 8 (17)

Trent Corney

DL

Virginia

Brockville, ON

9 (-)

Taylor Loffler

DB

UBC

Kelowna, B.C.

10 (8)

Mitchell Winters

DL

Miami (Ohio)

Mississauga, ON

11 (7)

Dillon Guy

OL

Buffalo

Hamilton, ON

12 (11)

Juwan Brescacin

WR

Northern Illinois

Mississauga, ON

13 (15)

Philippe Gagnon

OL

Laval

L’Ancienne-Lorette, QC

14 (19)

Jason Lauzon-Séguin

OL

Laval

Pointe-Claire, QC

15 (13) 

Anthony Thompson

DB

Southern Illinois

Montreal, QC

16 (4)

Elie Bouka

DB

Calgary

Laval, QC

17 (12)

Llevi Noel

WR

Toronto

Toronto, ON

18 (-)

Brian Jones

WR

Acadia

Enfield, NS

 19 (16)

Doug Corby

WR

Queens

Burlington, ON

20 (-)

Quinn Van Gylswyk

K/P

UBC

Victoria, B.C.


Please note: The number in parentheses is the player’s ranking from the last CFL Scouting Bureau published in September 2015.

 

Top 5 Prospects

Once again, Tevaun Smith is the number one ranked prospect. This season with the Iowa Hawkeyes, Smith registered 30 receptions (second highest on the team) 546 receiving yards (second highest on the team) and three touchdowns. Smith, a Toronto native, will be playing in the Rose Bowl on Jan.1 against the Stanford Cardinal. In his career with Iowa, Smith has recorded 1,483 receiving yards on 100 receptions and scored seven touchdowns.

Manitoba Bisons first-team All-Canadian defensive lineman David Onyemata is the highest ranked CIS and defensive player on the Scouting Bureau list. During his 2015 campaign, the second ranked Onyemata notched 38.5 tackles (31 solo), five sacks and 7.5 tackles for a loss. The 6’4” 300lb lineman was also selected as 2015 J. P. Metras Trophy award winner for the Outstanding Down Lineman of the Year in the CIS.

Oklahoma Sooners offensive tackle Josiah St. John shuffled up to the third slot on the list. The Toronto native has played two seasons in Norman, Okla. playing in 15 games and starting in four (all in 2015). The 6’6” 308 lb tackle will be a part of an Oklahoma team that will play in the College Football Playoffs against the Clemson Tigers.

In the fourth slot is Montreal native Mehdi Abdesmad. During his 2015 season with the Boston College Eagles, Abdesmad helped anchor a defence that led FBS (I-A) in yards allowed (3,053) . Abdesmad tallied 49 total tackles (35 solo), 15 tackles for a loss and 5.5 sacks in 12 games this season. Abdesmad appeared in 39 games during his time at Boston College finishing with 98 total tackles (58 solo), 21.5 tackles for a loss and 7.5 sacks.

Rounding out the top 5 is Michigan State Spartans cornerback Arjen Colquhoun. Colquhoun played in 13 games in 2015 and started in 10 of those games. The Windsor, Ont. native accumulated 35 total tackles (24 solo), 1.5 tackles for a loss, one sack and two interceptions for the Spartans. Like St. John, Colquhoun will also be a part of the College Football Playoffs when Michigan State takes on Alabama Crimson Tide.

Rounding out the top 10 are Laval offensive lineman Charles Vaillancourt, University of Calgary running back Mercer Timmis, University of Virginia defensive lineman Trent Corney, University of British Columbia defensive back Taylor Loffler and Miami (Ohio) defensive lineman Mitchell Winters.

By the Numbers

The December rankings include five receivers, five offensive linemen, four defensive backs, four defensive linemen, one running back and one kicker.

There are 16 universities represented on the list with three schools featuring multiple selections: Laval (3), Calgary (2) and UBC (2). Nine NCAA schools and seven CIS schools are represented on the list.

Three new prospects joined the Scouting Bureau rankings; Taylor Loffler (No. 9), Brian Jones (No. 18) and Quinn Van Gylswyk (No. 20). 

Alex Mateas, the 2015 CFL Draft first overall selection, was ranked second in the 2014 December rankings.

19 of 20 players from last season’s December’s CFL Scouting Bureau rankings were selected in the 2015 CFL Draft including all nine first round selections.


About the Central Scouting Bureau

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

The top prospects will meet in Toronto for the 2016 CFL Combine from March 11-13.

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

1. Tevaun Smith, Iowa (photo credit: Iowa Athletics)
1. Tevaun Smith, Iowa (photo credit: Iowa Athletics)
2. David Onyemata, Manitoba (photo credit: David Lipnowski - Bison Athletics)
3. Josiah St. John, Oklahoma (photo credit: John Williamson)
4. Mehdi Abdesmad, Boston College (photo credit: BC Athletics)
5. Arjen Colquhoun, Michigan State (photo credit: Michigan State Athletics)
6. Charles Vaillancourt, Laval (photo credit: Stéphane Gaudreau)
7. Mercer Timmis, Calgary (photo credit: David Moll)
8. Trent Corney, Virginia (photo credit: Virginia Media Relations)
9. Taylor Loffler, UBC (photo credit: Yan Doublet)
10. Mitchell Winters, Miami (Ohio) (photo credit: Miami Athletics)
11. Dillon Guy, Buffalo (photo credit: Paul Hokanson/UBBulls.com)
12. Juwan Brescacin, Northern Illinois (photo credit: Scott Walstrom, NIU Athletics)
13. Philippe Gagnon, Laval (photo credit: Yan Doublet)
14. Jason Lauzon-Séguin, Laval (photo credit: Mathieu Bélanger)
15. Anthony Thompson, Southern Illinois (photo credit: Saluki Media Services)
16. Elie Bouka, Calgary (photo credit: David Moll)
17. Llevi Noel, Windsor AKO Fratmen (photo credit: Martin Bazyl)
18. Brian Jones (photo credit: Acadia)
19. Doug Corby, Queens (photo credit: Queens)
20. Quinn Van Gylswyk, UBC (photo credit: Rich Lam)