Geoff Gray, an offensive lineman from the University of Manitoba, is the top-ranked U SPORTS player on the third and final prospect list released by the CFL's Scouting Bureau in advance of the league's 2017 Canadian Draft.
In total, 13 U SPORTS standouts cracked the rankings unveiled on Thursday – matching the Dec. 8 total - including four in the Top 10.
Gray was listed at No. 11 in the initial rankings published back in September before moving up to No. 5 in December. In his fourth campaign with the Bisons last fall, the 6-foot-6, 310-pound guard from Winnipeg was named a Canada West all-star, the conference's most outstanding down lineman, a national nominee for the J.P. Metras Trophy and a First Team All-Canadian. After starting all eight league games for Manitoba, the engineering student was one of two players selected to represent Canadian university football at the prestigious East-West Shrine Game in Florida, in January.
The only players ranked higher than Gray on the Scouting Bureau's April list are NCAA products Justin Senior, an offensive lineman from Mississippi State, and Eli Ankou, a defensive lineman from UCLA. Senior, who hails from Montreal, had also topped the September and December rankings.
The other U SPORTS stars named to the new Top 20 are McMaster receiver Danny Vandervoort (No. 4 / up three), Laval tight end Antony Auclair (No. 7 / down five), Carleton receiver Nate Behar (No. 9 / up three), Montreal defensive lineman Junior Luke (No. 11 / down two), Wilfrid Laurier defensive lineman Kwaku Boateng (No. 12 / down six), McGill offensive lineman Qadr Spooner (No. 13 / no change), Calgary defensive back Robert Woodson (No. 14 / up three), St. Francis Xavier defensive lineman Kay Okafor (No. 15 / up four), as well as previously unranked offensive lineman Braden Schram from Calgary (No. 16), running back Johnny Augustine from Guelph (No. 17), defensive lineman Fabion Foote from McMaster (No. 18) and defensive lineman Connor McGough from Calgary (No. 20).
Boateng and Auclair were the highest-ranked U SPORTS players on the September and December lists, respectively, both reaching the No. 2 spot.
Last May, Laval offensive lineman Philippe Gagnon was the first U SPORTS player selected in the CFL Canadian Draft when the Montreal Alouettes called his name at No. 2. Gagnon had been ranked 15th, 13th and ninth, respectively, on the three prospect lists released over the course of the season.
Fifty-three U SPORTS players were selected in the 2016 CFL Draft (out of 70 total picks), including four in the first round.
NOTES: The CFL Scouting Bureau releases its rankings three times each year: in September, December and April. The Bureau is comprised of CFL scouts, player personnel directors and general managers from the league's nine teams.
CFL SCOUTING BUREAU APRIL 13, 2017 LIST:
|1||Justin Senior||OL||Mississippi St.||Montreal, Que.||6-5||310||1|
|2||Eli Ankou||DL||UCLA||Ottawa, Ont.||6-3||325||3|
|3||Geoff Gray||OL||Manitoba||Winnipeg, Man.||6-6||310||5|
|4||Danny Vandervoort||REC||McMaster||Barrie, Ont.||6-3||204||7|
|5||Faith Ekakitie||DL||Iowa||Brampton, Ont.||6-3||290||11|
|6||Christophe Mulumba||LB||Maine||Laval, Que.||6-1||245||8|
|7||Antony Auclair||TE||Laval||Notre-Dame-des-Pins, Que.||6-6||254||2|
|8||Mason Woods||OL||Idaho||Port Coquitlam, B.C.||6-9||320||10|
|9||Nate Behar||REC||Carleton||London, Ont.||6-0||195||12|
|10||Dariusz Bladek||OL||Bethune-Cookman||Kissimmee, Fl.||6-4||308||15|
|11||Junior Luke||DL||Montreal||Montreal, Que.||6-3||288||9|
|12||Kwaku Boateng||DL||Laurier||Milton, Ont.||6-2||250||6|
|13||Qadr Spooner||OL||McGill||Brossard, Que.||6-4||314||13|
|14||Robert Woodson||DB||Calgary||Calgary, Alta.||5-11||197||17|
|15||Kay Okafor||DL||StFX||Enugu, Nigeria||6-4||275||19|
|16||Braden Schram||OL||Calgary||Manning, Alta.||6-5||290||NR|
|17||Johnny Augustine||RB||Guelph||Welland, Ont.||5-10||200||NR|
|18||Fabion Foote||DL||McMaster||North York, Ont.||6-2||285||NR|
|19||Dondre Wright||DB||Henderson St.||Ajax, Ont.||5-11||210||NR|
|20||Connor McGough||DL||Calgary||Medicine Hat, Alta.||6-2||251||NR|