OTTAWA (CIS) – David Onyemata, a defensive lineman from the University of Manitoba, is the top-ranked CIS player on the initial prospect list released by the CFL's Scouting Bureau in advance of the league's 2016 Canadian Draft.
Eleven CIS standouts found their way in the first rankings of the season, with perennial powerhouses Laval (4) and Calgary (3) accounting for seven of them.
Onyemata, a 6-foot-4, 295-pound senior entering his fourth campaign with the reigning Canada West champion Bisons, was named a conference all-star for the first time in 2014 at the nose tackle position. The arts student started all eight league games last fall and, despite being double-teamed on a majority of plays, racked up 28 tackles, including 3.5 for losses and 1.5 quarterback sacks.
A year ago, the top-ranked CIS player on the initial Scouting Bureau list was also from Manitoba. Onyemata's former teammate, slotback Nic Demski, opened the season at No. 3 and ended up being drafted sixth overall by the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
The other CIS stars on the September 2015 list are Calgary defensive back Elie Bouka (No. 4), Calgary running back Mercer Timmis (No. 5), Laval offensive lineman Charles Vaillancourt (No. 10), former Toronto wide receiver Llevi Noel (No. 12), Laval defensive back Michaël Langlois (No. 14), Laval offensive lineman Philippe Gagnon (No. 15), Queen's wide receiver Doug Corby (No. 16), Calgary wide receiver Brett Blaszko (No. 18), Laval offensive lineman Jason Lauzon-Séguin (No. 19) and Western wide receiver George Johnson (No. 20).
Last May, Calgary offensive lineman Sukh Chungh was the first CIS player selected in the CFL Canadian Draft when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers called his name at No. 2, marking the first time in nine years that the first pick overall was not a CIS product. Chungh had been ranked eighth, seventh and sixth, respectively, on the three prospect lists released over the course of the season.
Forty-four CIS players (out of 62 total picks) were selected in the 2015 CFL Draft, including seven in the first round.
NOTE: The Scouting Bureau is comprised of CFL scouts, player personnel directors and general managers from the league's nine teams.
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Rank Name POS School
1 Tevaughn Smith WR Iowa
2 David Onyemata DL Manitoba
3 Arjen Colquhoun DB Michigan State
4 Elie Bouka DB Calgary
5 Mercer Timmis RB Calgary
6 Josiah St. John OL Oklahoma
7 Dillon Guy OL Buffalo
8 Mitchell Winters DL Miami (Ohio)
9 Mehdi Abdesmad DL Boston College
10 Charles Vaillancourt OL Laval
11 Juwan Brescacin WR Northern Illinois
12 Llevi Noel WR Windsor AKO Fratmen
13 Anthony Thompson DB Southern Illinois
14 Michael Langlois DB Laval
15 Philippe Gagnon OL Laval
16 Doug Corby WR Queens
17 Trent Corney DL Virginia
18 Brett Blaszko WR Calgary
19 Jason Lauzon-Seguin OL Laval
20 George Johnson WR Western