TORONTO – The Canadian Football League (CFL) Scouting Bureau revealed on Thursday its first edition of the top 20 prospects eligible for the 2019 CFL Draft.
Tennessee defensive lineman and Surrey, B.C. native Jonathan Kongbo tops the list, highlighting the first of three rankings to be published between now and the 2019 CFL Draft.
Among the list-makers are four players from Ontario University Athletics (OUA), highlighted by reigning OUA Most Valuable Player Kurleigh Gittens Jr. from the Laurier Golden Hawks at #13. Gittens Jr.'s teammate, DL Robbie Smith, checks in at #15, while Ottawa Gee-Gees DB Jamie Harry comes in two spots later at #17. Rounding out the OUA contingent is a key member of the Vanier Cup winning Western Mustangs' defence, Fraser Sopik, who ranks 19th.
The CFL’s Scouting Bureau is comprised of CFL scouts, player personnel directors and general managers from the league’s nine teams. The next edition of the list comes in December, followed by the final list in April following the National Scouting Combine.
|FALL SCOUTING BUREAU RANKINGS|
|1||Jonathan Kongbo||DL||Tennessee||Surrey, B.C.|
|2||Mathieu Betts||DL||Laval||Montreal, QC|
|3||Hergy Mayala||REC||Connecticut||Montreal, QC|
|4||Shane Richards||OL||Oklahoma St.||Calgary, AB|
|5||Justin McInnis||REC||Arkansas St.||Pierrefonds, QC|
|6||Dejon Brissett||REC||Richmond||Mississauga, ON|
|7||Brady Oliveira||RB||North Dakota||Winnipeg, MB|
|8||Zach Wilkinson||OL||Northern Colorado||Vancouver, B.C|
|9||Alex Fontana||OL||Kansas||Toronto, ON|
|10||Alexandre Savard||REC||Laval||Quebec, QC|
|11||Maleek Irons||RB||Ohio||Chilliwack, B.C.|
|12||Samuel Thomassin||OL||Laval||Quebec, QC|
|13||Kurleigh Gittens Jr.||REC||Laurier||Ottawa, ON|
|14||Kaion Julien Grant||REC||St. Francis Xavier||Toronto, ON|
|15||Robbie Smith||DL||Laurier||Brampton, ON|
|16||Jamel Lyles||RB||Manitoba||Surrey, B.C.|
|17||Jamie Harry||DB||Ottawa||Lachine, QC|
|18||Maurice Simba||OL||Concordia||Laval, QC|
|19||Fraser Sopik||LB||Western||Toronto, ON|
|20||Michael O’Connor||QB||UBC||Orleans, ON|