Justin Dunk’s CFL draft prospect rankings

Scouts have been working away in preparation for the national Canadian Football League combine set for March 23-25 in Regina. That means draft season is about to become the focus around the country. With that in mind, let’s unveil top five rankings for prospects position-by-position in advance of the annual talent assessment event as compiled from pro evaluators coast to coast.

FILE – Missippi State offensive lineman Justin Senior blocks out LSU defensive end Deondre Clark (98). (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)


Offensive linemen

1) Justin Senior, Mississippi State

Started three straight seasons primarily at right tackle for the Bulldogs.

2) Dariusz Bladek, Bethune-Cookman

Just missed out on qualifying for national status in time for last year’s draft.

3) Geoff Gray, Manitoba

Impressed scouts at the East-West Shrine Game and the Winnipeg native has a great physique.

4) Mason Woods, Idaho

34 starts in his final three seasons with the Vandals after redshirting his freshman year.

5) Jeremy Zver, Regina

Two-sport athlete – basketball and football – who missed all but one game during the 2016 football season due to injury.


1) Mitchell Picton, Regina

11 receiving touchdowns led all USports pass catchers last season. He made 58 receptions for 834 yards, both totals ranked second in Canadian university football.

2) Nathaniel Behar, Carleton

Team captain and leader of the program since the Ravens returned to playing football in 2013.

3) Danny Vandervoort, McMaster

Three-time All-Canadian who has been productive from day one when he set foot on campus.

4) Malcolm Carter, Ottawa Sooners

29 receptions for 537 yards (18.5 average) and nine touchdowns in seven Canadian Junior Football League games last year.

5) Alex Morrison, UBC

Classic big, thick-bodied Canadian receiver.

Running backs

1) Ante Milanovic-Litre, Simon Fraser

Well put together and could play running back or fullback at the next level.

2) Johnny Augustine, Guelph

An ankle injury limited the shredded back in 2016, but he still managed 563 rushing yards in six games.

3) Anthony Gosselin, Sherbrooke

Physical fullback is rising up draft boards after a strong Montreal combine showing.

4) Sean Thomas Erlington, Montreal

Nine carries for 93 yards and one touchdown in the 14th annual CIS East-West Bowl.

5) Isaac Lauzon, Sherbrooke

Tough runner and solid in pass protection.

Defensive lineman

1) Eli Ankou, UCLA

19 starts up front for the Bruins over the last two years while recording 85 tackles.

2) Faith Ekakitie, Iowa

Coming off his most productive season at Iowa with 39 tackles and two tackles for loss.

3) Justin Vaughn, Fordham

Senior campaign: 10 games, 40 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, four sacks and one blocked kick.

4) Junior Luke, Montreal

Force in the middle of Montreal’s stingy defence.

5) Kwaku Boateng, Laurier

Golden Hawks all-time sacks leader (20.5). Special teams value too.



1) Christophe Mulumba, Maine

All-CAA (Colonial Athletic Conference) first-team selection three straight seasons.

2) Jordan Herdman, Simon Fraser

Holds Great Northwest Athletic Conference records for all-time tackles (428) and single games tackles (26).

3) Justin Herdman, Simon Fraser

Brother to Jordan who has made over 200 tackles with the Clan.

4) Frederic Chagnon, Montreal

2016 USports All-Canadian, one of the leaders on a defence that allowed the fewest points (72) and yards per game (267.4) in Canada.

5) Nakas Onyeka, Laurier

President’s Trophy winner as the outstanding standup defensive player in the OUA for the 2016 season.

Defensive backs

1) Dondre Wright, Henderson State

65 tackles, seven pass break-ups, two tackles for loss, one sack and one interception for the Reddies last year.

2) Robert Woodson, Calgary

Younger brother of current Stampeders running back Anthony Woodson.

3) Nathaniel Hamlin, Carleton

Under the radar defensive back with intriguing size.

4) Harland Hastings, Acadia

Athletic prospect with a gymnastics background.

5) Tunde Adeleke, Carleton

Dynamic return man at the USports level, but he needs to be more physical in order to succeed in the pros.


1) Adam Searl, UCLA

Mainly a punter who possesses a strong leg.

2) Felix Menard-Briere, Montreal

Handled all three kicking duties for the Carabins.

3) Lewis Ward, Ottawa

Primarily a kick-off and field goal prospect.

4) Michael Domagala, Carleton

Third in USports with 41.1-yard punting average in 2016.

5) Kain Anzovino, Kent State

Best long snapper in the class.

Justin Dunk

Justin Dunk

Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
Justin Dunk
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Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.

5 Comments on Justin Dunk’s CFL draft prospect rankings

  1. stampland // March 20, 2017 at 1:24 pm //

    3 milestones to every CFL off season for me:
    Schedule release
    FA day
    Love how CFL has upped the coverage of draft

    (I just want to apologize in advance to Aunt Marta, I tried desperately not too offend you in the comment,but if I did I’m so sorry)

  2. Adam Searl was the 3rd string punter for UCLA who had all of 6 attempts last year. The more interesting national kicker for the Bruins is freshman JJ Molson.

  3. Arm Chair QB // March 20, 2017 at 6:11 pm //

    all you have on robert woodson is he has a brother in the cfl? cmon… how about 2x unanimous canwest all star at two different db positions and canwest unanimous defensive player of the year. classic east bias

  4. Arm Chair QB // March 20, 2017 at 6:13 pm //

    Quit sleeping on Calgary Players -such as Connor Mcgough, Austin Hartley , Denzel Radford, and Adam Laurense who has the best man to man coverage nationwide. check the film.

  5. It’s a one line summary of the player, JDunk wasn’t ranking Woodson as the #2 DB simply based on CFL bloodlines. Ease up on the quick offended reaction.

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