Canadian OL Ryan Hunter performs for more than 20 NFL teams at Bowling Green pro day

Ryan Hunter is a burly northern Ontario boy with pro football athleticism.

The North Bay, ON native worked out in front of over 20 NFL teams and four CFL clubs – the Alouettes, Bombers, Riders and Lions – who were in attendance at the Bowling Green pro day.

Hunter checked in at more 6-foot-3 and 316 pounds, put up 25 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, broad jumped eight feet, eight inches, vertical 27.5 inches, 40-yard dash 5.28, shuttle 4.61 and three-cone 7.40.

The 22-year-old started 12 games at left tackle in 2017, 12 at right tackle in 2016, 14 at left guard in 2015 and played in all 14 games in 2014 even getting on the field as a fullback during his Bowling Green career. All four playing seasons Huner was an academic All-MAC and MAC distinguished scholar-athlete. He majored in criminal justice.

Hunter left home at the age of 16 to pursue his football dreams and attended Canisius High School in Buffalo. After his senior season, Hunter was named the Buffalo News Player of the Year and first-team all-state. Hunter is strong and he’s got the resume to prove it with winning two gold medals at the OFSAA track and field championships in the discus and shot put and a gold medal from the 2012 Canadian Jr. weightlifting championships where he snatched 105 kilos and cleaned and jerked 145 kilos at the age of 16.

That decision to play south of the border is paying off as NFL scouts have shown interest and Hunter is one of the top-rated prospects eligible for the 2018 CFL draft.

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.
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6 Comments on Canadian OL Ryan Hunter performs for more than 20 NFL teams at Bowling Green pro day

  1. If you just look at each top ranked player in the upcoming draft, regardless of NFL chances etc, Ryan is one of the most safest players to select. Her will come in and can start from day one at guard and be an all star the majority of his years in the CFL. He plays hard every play and is nowhere near a project.

  2. Future that will at the very least make an NFL practice squad. It will be years before he will play in Canada. Look for him to go in late second or early third round. He is the real meal deal. Best of luck Ryan, go make lots of US Benjamins.

  3. Bowling Green has 29 SENIORS. 9 ran and worked out- There were other prospects there from other schools. Best bowling Green Prospect for NFL is there Punter.
    Best shot for Hunter Nfl Practice Squad. Dont see him getting drafted. He is a steady player. But lacks Explosive Quickess and smooth Change of Direction. I thought he would do more than 25 reps on bench.And is only 6030. Will have to be Og.

    • His Athleticism and versatility will land him on a NFL PR for at least 3 years. Still worth a 1st rounder because of his age. Even after 3 years he would be 25 and younger than most Laval offensive linesmen entering the CFL LMAO

      Reminds me a lof of a young Scott Flory who never played tackle but was a hell of a player.

    • If you compare Ryan’s pro day stats to O-Linemen at the NFL combine (48 of them)the 3-Cone 4th overall, 20 yard shuttle 7th, 40 yard dash 19th, Bench press 15th, Vertical 17th, and broad jump 19th.
      Not too bad for someone who lacks quickness LOL.

    • No doubt their best NFL prospect is their kicker, but you gotta compare apples to apples here. Practice squad is where he might begin and there is nothing wrong with that. He deserves a late round selection in the NFL based on versatility alone. Yes, undersized for a tackle. However, has the experience of playing at guard and NFL teams will love that. Versatility at the line is key for particular packages they play and he has experienced protection from all angles. For someone who “lacks explosive quickness and smooth change of direction” the games that anyone was in attendance for saw very little action from a DE on any BGSU quarterback from the left side thanks to the big canuck!

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