TORONTO — The Canadian Football League Scouting Bureau today published the winter edition of the Top-20 ranked prospects eligible for the 2015 CFL Draft.
Draft Insider Justin Dunk announced the rankings earlier today on CFL.ca. To watch the reveal, click here.
For a second-straight ranking, offensive lineman Brett Boyko from UNLV was named the top prospect by the CFL Scouting Bureau. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native was recognized after a senior season in which he was named to the All-Mountain West second team for a second consecutive season. He started all 13 games, allowing only one sack and collecting 37 pancake tackles.
Boyko completed the campaign with an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game on January 17, 2015 in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Rounding out the top five are University of Connecticut offensive lineman Alex Mateas, Western University defensive lineman Daryl Waud, Yale University running back Tyler Varga and University of Manitoba receiver Nic Demski.
BY THE NUMBERS
The ranking includes eight offensive linemen, four defensive linemen, three receivers, three linebackers, one defensive back and one running back.
There are 14 universities represented on the list with three schools featuring multiple selections: Calgary (4), Laval (3) and Laurier (2).
17 players from the fall CFL Scouting Bureau List (published in September) were selected to the winter edition.
Three players fell out of the Top-20 and were replaced by Adam Konar from Calgary, Byron Archambault from Montreal and Ottawa’s Ettore Lattanzio.
The biggest rise in the rankings came from Calgary Dino offensive lineman Sean McEwen. The native of Calgary was ranked No. 14 in the September rankings and jumped eight spots to No. 6 in the latest rankings.
Of the 15 players featured in last year’s winter edition of the CFL Scouting Bureau rankings, 14 were selected in the 2014 CFL Draft with seven of those players being selected in the first round.
WINTER SCOUTING BUREAU RANKING
Please note: The number in parentheses is the player’s ranking from the last CFL Scouting Bureau published in September 2014.
Last year, a new draft rule came into effect whereby players with national status playing in the CIS will be eligible to be selected in the CFL Draft three years after completing their first year of CIS eligibility.
In addition, the CFL adjusted the eligibility rules for players with national status playing in the NCAA. These players will now be eligible to be selected in the CFL Draft following their senior season of NCAA eligibility.
The 2015 CFL Combine will be held in Toronto from March 27 – March 29. The date of the 2015 CFL Draft has yet to be confirmed.
The CFL Scouting Bureau releases its rankings three times each year: in September, December and April.
The CFL’s Scouting Bureau is comprised of CFL scouts, player personnel directors and general managers from the league’s nine teams.