Jay Dearborn tops verticals with 42” leap, third-highest all-time among defensive backs

TORONTO (March 23, 2019) – On the first day of testing at the 2019 CFL Combine presented by New Era, Jonathan Harke of the University of Alberta and the CJFL’s Edmonton Wildcats led all prospects by completing 32 reps of 225 pounds.

Rounding out the top five in the bench press, Connor Griffiths (DL, UBC) had 28 reps, Jesse Gibbon (OL, Waterloo) had 26, and Drew Desjarlais (OL, Windsor) and Vincent Desjardins (DL, Laval) were tied with 25.

In the vertical jump, Carleton’s Jacob Dearborn topped the list with 42”; his mark of 42” was the third highest all-time for defensive backs, and the sixth-highest in CFL National Combine history. Rounding out the top five from today’s vertical tests: Shai Ross (WR, Manitoba) at 38.5”, Stavros Katsantonis (DB, UBC) at 38”, Kaion Julien-Grant (WR, St. Francis Xavier) at 37.5” and Malik Richards (WR, Mount Allison) and Malcolm Lee (DB, UBC) tied at 36.5”.

For full results from Saturday’s testing, please click here.

The Combine continues on Sunday when the players transition to the field to test their speed, agility and football skills on the 40-yard dash, shuttle, three-cone, broad jump, individual positional drills and one-on-one matchups.

Fans can tune in tomorrow on beginning at 10 a.m. ET. For full broadcast details, click here.

Here is the schedule of events for Sunday:


9:00 a.m.                   OL/DL 40-yard dash, shuttle, 3-cone drill, broad jump

10:00 a.m.                  OL/DL individual drills followed by one-on-ones

10:45 a.m.                  Long-snappers workout

11:00 a.m.                   RB/LB/QB/DB/WR 40-yard dash, shuttle, 3-cone, broad jump

1:00 p.m.                    RB/LB/QB individual drills followed by one-on-ones

2:00 p.m.                     WR/DB individual drills followed by one-on-ones

3:00 p.m.                    Combine completed

Players will be made available to the media by request after the completion of all testing.

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Lucas Barrett

Manager, Communications & Public Affairs, Canadian Football League

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