CFL SCOUTING BUREAU: FALL EDITION

CFL SCOUTING BUREAU: FALL EDITION

Mississippi State’s Justin Senior tops the list in the first installment of Scouting Bureau rankings

TORONTO – The Canadian Football League Scouting Bureau today published its first edition of the top-20 ranked prospects eligible for the 2017 CFL Draft.

Montreal’s Justin Senior from Mississippi State comes in as the number one ranked prospect. Senior has been a mainstay on the Bulldogs’ offensive line. The 6’5” 310-pound lineman has appeared in 38 games and has started in 28, including both games so far this season. During his career in the South East Conference he has been named to the Academic Honour Roll for three consecutive years.

Ranked second, the highest-ranked CIS player is defensive lineman Kwaku Boateng from Laurier, who is also the highest-ranked defensive player on the list. In his first two games this season, the Milton, Ontario native has racked up eight tackles including three sacks during Laurier’s 2-0 start.

Nevada running back Akeel Lynch checks in at the third spot. The Toronto, Ontario native transferred from Penn State after three seasons where he compiled 1,318 rushing yards on 262 carries (5.0 yards per carry) and seven touchdowns. He has five carries for 28 yards (5.6 yards per carry) this season with the Wolf Pack.

In the fourth slot is McMaster receiver Danny Vandervoort. Through three games Vandervoort has three touchdowns on 11 receptions for 354 yards. The native of Barrie, Ontario notched back-to-back 100+ receiving yard games to begin the season against Carleton and Toronto.

Rounding out the top five is Eli Ankou, a UCLA defensive lineman from Ottawa, Ontario. The redshirt senior started UCLA’s two game versus Texas A&M and UNLV where he complied five solo tackles and nine assisted tackles to begin the season. 

BY THE NUMBERS

The ranking includes six offensive linemen, five defensive linemen, three receivers, three linebackers, a defensive back, a running back, and a tight end.
 
A total of 15 schools are represented on the list, and Calgary, Carleton, Laurier and Laval each have two prospects represented.

Josiah St. John, the first overall selection in the 2016 CFL Draft, was ranked sixth in last year’s Fall Scouting Bureau Rankings.

Last year’s fall rankings saw 18 of 20 prospects selected in the CFL Draft with five of the top eight being selected in the first round. 

FALL SCOUTING BUREAU RANKING

Rank

Name

Position

School

Hometown

1

Justin Senior

OL

Mississippi State

Montreal, QC

2

Kwaku Boateng

DL

Laurier

Milton, ON

3

Akeel Lynch

RB

Nevada

Toronto, ON

4

Danny Vandervoort

REC

McMaster

Barrie, ON

5

Eli Ankou

DL

UCLA

Ottawa, ON

6

Christophe Mulumba

LB

Maine

Laval, QC

7

Rashaun Simonise

REC

Calgary

Vancouver, BC

8

Nathaniel Behar

REC

Carleton

London, ON

9

Qadr Spooner

OL

McGill

Brossard, QC

10

Antony Auclair

TE

Laval

Notre-Dame-des-Pins, QC

11

Geoff Gray

OL

Manitoba

Winnipeg, MB

12

Robert Woodson

DB

Calgary

Calgary, AB

13

Junior Luke

DL

Montreal

Montreal, QC

14

Faith Ekakitie

DL

Iowa

Brampton, ON

15

Mason Woods

OL

Idaho

Port Coquitlam, BC

16

Nakas Onyeka

LB

Laurier

Brampton, ON

17

Kay Okafor

DL

St. FX

Enugu, Nigeria

18

Jean-Simon Roy

OL

Laval

Quebec, QC

19

Kwabena Asare

OL

Carleton

Brampton, ON

20

Corey Williams

LB

Toronto

Mississauga, ON


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. Kwaku Boateng (Photo credit: Bruce Bell)
3. Akeel Lynch (Photo credit: David Byrne, Nevada Athletics)
4. Danny Vandervoort (Photo credit: Alistar Boulby)
6. Christophe Mulumba (Photo credit: Dewkett, Maine Athletics)
7. Rashaun Simonise (Photo credit: University of Calgary Athletics)
8. Nathaniel Behar (Photo credit: Carleton University Athletics)
9. Qadr Spooner (Photo credit: Joseph Safakis)
10. Antony Auclair (Photo credit: Yan Doublet)
12. Robert Woodson (Photo credit: David Moll)
15. Mason Woods (Photo credit: Idaho Athletics)
16. Nayas Oneyka (Photo credit: Kha Vo)
17. Kay Okafor (Photo credit: St Francis Xavier Athletics)
18. Jean-Simon Roy (Photo credit: Yan Doublet)
19. Kwabena Asare (Photo credit: Bennett Brown)
20. Corey Williams (Photo credit: Jill Clark)

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