CFL DECEMBER SCOUTING BUREAU RANKINGS

CFL DECEMBER SCOUTING BUREAU RANKINGS

Mississippi State offensive lineman Justin Senior retains first-overall ranking

TORONTO (December 8, 2016) – The Canadian Football League (CFL) Scouting Bureau has released its second of three rankings of the Top 20 eligible prospects for the 2017 CFL Draft.

The full ranking can be found at the link:

TORONTO (December 8, 2016) – The Canadian Football League (CFL) Scouting Bureau has released its second of three rankings of the Top 20 eligible prospects for the 2017 CFL Draft.

Here is the full ranking:

December Scouting Bureau Ranking
 

Rank

Name

Position

School

Hometown

1 (1)

Justin Senior

OL

Mississippi State

Montreal, QC

2 (10)

Antony Auclair

TE

Laval

Notre-Dame-des-Pins, QC

3 (5)

Eli Ankou

DL

UCLA

Ottawa, ON

4 (7)

Rashaun Simonise

REC

Calgary

Vancouver, BC

5 (11)

Geoff Gray

OL

Manitoba

Winnipeg, MB

6 (2)

Kwaku Boateng

DL

Laurier

Milton, ON

7 (4)

Danny Vandervoort

REC

McMaster

Barrie, ON

8 (6)

Christophe Mulumba

LB

Maine

Laval, QC

9 (13)

Junior Luke

DL

Montreal

Montreal, QC

10 (15)

Mason Woods

OL

Idaho

Port Coquitlam, BC

11 (14)

Faith Ekakitie

DL

Iowa

Brampton, ON

12 (8)

Nathaniel Behar

REC

Carleton

London, ON

13 (9)

Qadr Spooner

OL

McGill

Brossard, QC

14 (18)

Jean-Simon Roy

OL

Laval

Quebec, QC

15 (-)

Dariusz Bladek

OL

Bethune-Cookman

Kissimmee, FL

16 (-)

Jordan Herdman

LB

SFU

Winnipeg, MB

17 (12)

Robert Woodson

DB

Calgary

Calgary, AB

18 (16)

Nakas Onyeka

LB

Laurier

Brampton, ON

19 (17)

Kay Okafor

DL

St. FX

Enugu, Nigeria

20 (-)

Mitchell Picton

WR

Regina

Regina, SK

 

TOP 3 PROSPECTS

For a second consecutive time, Mississippi State’s Justin Senior is ranked the top prospect. The Montreal, QC native appeared in all 12 games for the Bulldogs this season and started all of those games at right tackle. Since joining Mississippi State he has appeared 48 games (starting in 38). He will play one last game this season when the Bulldogs play in the St. Petersburg Bowl on boxing day versus Miami (Ohio) University.

Climbing eight spots into the second position is Laval’s Antony Auclair. The 6’5” 254-pound tight end was a part of the Rouge et Or squad that won the Vanier Cup in Hamilton in late November over the Calgary Dinos. In the championship game he recorded six receptions including a touchdown and accumulated 70 yards. Since the first Scouting Bureau was released in September, Auclair moved up eight spots from his original tenth-place ranking.

Defensive lineman Eli Ankou from UCLA jumped up two spots to retain the third slot. The Ottawa, ON native appeared in ten games for the Bruins and started in eight of those games. He compiled 46 tackles (29 solo, 17 assisted) including three sacks and a total of five tackles for a loss. In his career with UCLA he has notched 87 tackles including 15 tackles for a loss.

BY THE NUMBERS

The December rankings include six offensive linemen, five defensive linemen, four receivers, three linebackers, a defensive back and a tight end.

There are 17 universities represented on the list with three schools featuring multiple selections: Calgary (2), Laurier (2) and Laval (2). 10 U Sports schools and seven NCAA schools are represented on the list.

Three new prospects joined the Scouting Bureau rankings in December: Dariusz Bladek (No. 15), Jordan Herdman (No. 16) and Mitchell Picton (No. 20).

Josiah St. John, the first overall selection at the 2016 CFL Draft, was ranked third in the December rankings a year ago.

19 of 20 players from last season’s December’s CFL Scouting Bureau rankings were selected in the 2016 CFL Draft including six of eight first round draft selections.

ABOUT THE CENTRAL 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.

1. Justin Senior (Photo credit: Mississippi State Athletics)
2. Antony Auclair (Photo credit: Yan Doublet)
4. Rashaun Simonise (Photo credit: University of Calgary Athletics)
6. Kwaku Boateng (Photo credit: Bruce Bell)
7. Danny Vandervoort (Photo credit: Alistar Boulby)
8. Christophe Mulumba (Photo credit: Dewkett, Maine Athletics)
10. Mason Woods (Photo credit: Idaho Athletics)
12. Nathaniel Behar (Photo credit: Carleton University Athletics)
13. Qadr Spooner (Photo credit: Joseph Safakis)
14. Jean-Simon Roy (Photo credit: Yan Doublet)
16. Jordan Herdman (photo credit: SFU Athletics)
17. Robert Woodson (Photo credit: David Moll)
18. Nayas Oneyka (Photo credit: Kha Vo)
19. Kay Okafor (Photo credit: St Francis Xavier Athletics)
20. Mitchell Picton (photo credit: Piper Sports Photography)

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