FIVE PLAYERS FROM EDMONTON REGIONAL COMBINE INVITED TO THE NATIONAL CFL COMBINE

FIVE PLAYERS FROM EDMONTON REGIONAL COMBINE INVITED TO THE NATIONAL CFL COMBINE

DJ Lalama, Alex Ogbongbemiga, Boyd Richardson, Nicholas Termansen and Brennan Van Nistelrooy selected to attend the National Combine

Monday, March 7, 2016 — EDMONTON – The Canadian Football League (CFL) held its first of three regional combines today in Edmonton, resulting in five players being invited to the CFL National Combine presented by adidas in downtown Toronto this coming weekend.

DJ Lalama, Alex Ogbongbemiga, Boyd Richardson, Nicholas Termansen and Brennan Van Nistelrooy were extended an invitation to display their athletic abilities once again in front of CFL scouts, coaches, and management at the National CFL Combine, March 11-13.

Today's CFL Regional Combine results are available here.

Manitoba linebacker DJ Lalama headlines today’s list.  He was the top player to watch in Monday’s regional combine according to CFL.ca’s Justin Dunk, and he didn’t disappoint after placing fifth in the bench press and 3-cone drill. 

The Manitoba product is joined by Calgary Colts defender Alex Ogbongbemiga as the two linebackers heading to Toronto next weekend. Ogbongbemiga didn’t excel in any one drill but did enough to earn a spot on next week’s roster.

While Boyd Richardson is the only defensive lineman heading to Toronto from Monday’s testing, it was his UBC teammate Nicholas Termansen putting up the most impressive numbers. Termansen, a 5-foot-11, 172-pound defensive back, placed in the top five in four different categories, including first place with a 39.5-inch vertical.

Termansen also tied for first in the broad jump while placing second with a 4.65 40-time.

Rounding out the selections is Okanagan defensive back Brennan Van Nistelrooy, whose blazing 6.95 seconds in the 3-cone drill topped all participants and would have ranked second overall at the National Combine in 2015. 

Monday’s combine marked the fourth year in a row Edmonton has hosted a regional combine since its inception in 2013. Last year four players were selected to participate in the National Combine, with two of those players (Dexter Janke, Calgary and Quinn Lawlor, Montreal) being drafted and remaining on CFL rosters.

Overall, 41 players attended today’s combine in Edmonton and each athlete worked out in front of scouts from all CFL Teams. Click here to view the roster and all the results from the Edmonton Regional Combine.  

The 2016 National CFL Combine presented by adidas kicks off Friday afternoon with player arrivals, medicals and team interviews. On Saturday the top prospects will showcase their strength in the bench press as well as their vertical jump inside the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport on the University of Toronto Downtown Campus.

The camp will conclude on Sunday at the Varsity Centre where the prospects will go through the 40-yard dash, short shuttle, 3-cone drill, Individual drills and one-on-ones.

CFL.ca Coverage and Results

The 2016 National CFL Combine presented by adidas will have unprecedented live coverage of the marquee events; Bench Press and 40-Yard Dash. Both of these events will be broadcasted live with commentary from Don Landry and Justin Dunk, alongside guest general managers and coaches providing instant analysis.

Live results from each drill will be posted on CFL.ca from all three CFL Regional Combines as well as the National CFL Combine.

Throughout the weekend, CFL.ca Insider Justin Dunk will provide full coverage and analysis from the National CFL Combine in Toronto.

Join the conversation by using the official hashtag: #CFLCombine

Linebacker D.J. Lalama at the Edmonton Regional Combine. CFL/Anthony Houle
Nicholas Termansen running in the 40-yard dash. CFL/Anthony Houle
Boyd Richardson running through drill at the Edmonton Regional Combine. CFL/Anthony Houle
Brennan Van Nistelrooy making a play on the ball during Combine. CFL/Anthony Houle
Alex Ogbongbemiga partipating in one-on-one drills. CFL/Anthony Houle