LAVAL’S MATHIEU BETTS HOLDS TOP OF THE FINAL SCOUTING BUREAU BEFORE THE DRAFT

LAVAL’S MATHIEU BETTS HOLDS TOP OF THE FINAL SCOUTING BUREAU BEFORE THE DRAFT

Zach Wilkinson rises 13 spots among four new prospects added – Conference Call with two prospects today at 12:30 p.m. ET

TORONTO (April 12, 2019) -- The Canadian Football League (CFL) Scouting Bureau has published its third and final edition of the top-20 ranked prospects eligible for the 2019 CFL Draft that is set to take place on May 2, 2019.

SCOUTING BUREAU MEDIA CALL

What

Call with Zach Wilkinson and Samuel Thomassin

When

Friday, April 12, 2019
12:30 p.m. ET

Call-In Number

1-800-806-5484 / 416-340-2217

Passcode

5887829#

CFL.ca's Marshall Ferguson breaks down the final scouting bureau. 

Below is the final installment of the Scouting Bureau:

SPRING SCOUTING BUREAU RANKINGS

Rank

Name

Position

School

Hometown

1 (1)

Mathieu Betts

DL

Laval

Montréal, QC

2 (2)

Shane Richards

OL

Oklahoma State

Calgary, AB

3 (3)

Justin McInnis

WR

Arkansas State

Pierrefonds, QC

4 (17)

Zach Wilkinson

OL

Northern Colorado

Vancouver, B.C

5 (6)

Hergy Mayala

WR

Connecticut

Montreal, QC

6 (4)

Jonathan Kongbo

DE

Tennessee

Surrey, B.C.

7 (NR)

Drew Desjarlais

OL

Windsor

Belle River, ON

8 (8)

Maleek Irons

RB

Ohio

Chilliwack, B.C.

9 (13)

Kaion Julien-Grant

WR

St. FX

Toronto, ON

10 (5)

Alex Fontana

OL

Houston

Toronto, ON

11 (NR)

Brayden Lenius

WR

New Mexico

North Vancouver, B.C.

12 (16)

Samuel Thomassin

OL

Laval

Québec, QC

13 (11)

Maurice Simba

OL

Concordia

Laval, QC

14 (NR)

Jesse Gibbon

OL

Waterloo

Hamilton, ON

15 (12)

Robbie Smith

DL

Laurier

Brampton, ON

16 (9)

Kurleigh Gittens Jr.

WR

Laurier

Ottawa, ON

17 (19)

Michael O’Connor

QB

UBC

Orleans, ON

18 (10)

Brady Oliveira

RB

North Dakota

Winnipeg, MB

19 (NR)

Malcolm Lee

DB

UBC

Surrey, B.C.

20 (7)

Alexandre Savard

WR

Laval

Québec, QC


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

September Rankings
December Rankings

TOP-5 PROSPECTS

Mathieu Betts | OL | Laval

Betts continued to hold his ground at the top of the rankings, jumping one spot to gain the first overall position in the winter rankings. In 2018, Betts capped a very successful fourth year with the Laval Rouge et Or by capturing the second Vanier Cup of his career. The Montreal native became the first player in history to claim the J.P. Metras Trophy three times, making him the first to win four major U SPORTS awards during his career. He led U SPORTS with nine sacks on the season and totalled 14 tackles for a loss. Betts also received an invite to play in the East-West Shrine Game in Florida where he registered one tackle for a loss.

Shane Richards | OL | Oklahoma State

Richards remained the second-ranked prospect in the final scouting bureau. In his senior year with the Cowboys, he played eight regular season games and capped off his collegiate career by winning the AutoZone Liberty Bowl game against Missouri 38-33 on New Year’s Eve. The 6’8” lineman redshirted in 2017 and appeared in four games in 2016. Prior to college, the Calgary native played for Crescent Heights in Calgary and one season with the New Mexico Military Institute (JUCO).

Justin McInnis | WR | Arkansas State

McInnis played in his third season with the Arkansas State Red Wolves last year. The receiver finished second on the team with 56 receptions for 694 yards and six total touchdowns to help lead the team to an 8-4 record and an Arizona Bowl appearance against Nevada. His best game in 2018 came against University of South Alabama where he notched 177 receiving yards and a touchdown on seven receptions. In his three seasons with the Red Wolves, McInnis compiled 115 receptions for 1,577 receiving yards and 10 touchdown receptions. McInnis is a native of Pierrefonds, QC.

Zach Wilkinson | OL | Northern Colorado

Wilkinson a Vancouver native saw his stock rise following his performance at the CFL Combine presented by New Era last month in Toronto. In the December ranking Wilkinson was ranked 17th and soared 13 spots to secure a top-4 showing. He helped pave the way for the Northern Colorado offense that averaged 366.3 yards per game last season.

Hergy Mayala | WR | Connecticut

Montreal native Hergy Mayala jumped a spot to join the top-5. Mayala played in all 12 games during his senior season where he led the Huskies with 40 reception for 361 yards and five touchdowns. In his four years at Connecticut he appeared in 43 games recording 113 receptions for 1,352 yards and 12 touchdowns.

BY THE NUMBERS

The rankings include: seven offensive linemen, six receivers, three defensive linemen, two running backs and a quarterback and defensive back.

16 schools are represented on the list with Laval (three), Laurier (two) and UBC (two) having multiple prospects on the list.

2018 CFL Draft first overall selection Mark Chapman was ranked 2nd on the 2018 Spring Scouting Bureau.

Last year’s spring rankings saw all 20 prospects selected in the CFL Draft, with nine being selected in the first round.

ABOUT THE 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.

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