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Justin Dunk's 2014 CFL Mock Draft - V1.0

Justin Dunk
CFL.ca Staff


Teams around the Canadian Football League are deep in final preparations for the 2014 CFL Draft which is right around the corner, set for May 13. Yours truly has been locked in draft mode as well and pieced together a three-round mock draft. It was a fun process, but at the same time it’s certainly not easy when trying to predict what might go down on draft day. Especially when you factor in players who have been getting lots of National Football League interest, like McGill's Laurent Duvernay-Tardif.

There are a few other prospects that could get an NFL look as post-draft free agents as well, which might affect their CFL Draft stock. Anyways, a lot can change between now and draft day to affect what teams will do, but let’s get to the picks and if you agree, disagree or have any draft thoughts let’s keep the draft talk going on twitter @JDunk12

OrderTeamPlayerSkinny
1 Pierre Lavertu - OL Lavertu is a smart, plug-and-play centre. He is pro-ready and gives the expansion franchise a strong piece along the offensive line.
2 Matthias Goossen - OL The Bombers lost starting centre Justin Sorenson in free agency, so Goossen fills a need. He’s not on the same level as Lavertu mentally, but physically he is ready to play.
3 Quinn Smith - OL/DL Smith was the darling of the Combine. His performance shot him up draft boards. Chris Jones traditionally plays a non-import DT and Ted Laurent has yet to re-sign. Edmonton, like some other teams, could project him moving to the offensive line further into his career.
4 David Foucault - OL Jim Popp loves stocking up on Canadian offensive linemen and drafting a potential ratio-changing tackle is always a coup.
5 Antoine Pruneau - DB Pruneau has been compared to 2013 East Division All-Star Mike Edem. He might be the best all around player in the draft. Pruneau is not quite as physically developed as Edem, but he’s the same type of playmaker. He could be an instant upgrade for BC at safety.
6 Evan Gill - DL Pair him with Cleyon Laing and it’s a solid interior duo for the Argos.
7 Dylan Ainsworth - DL Ultra athletic defensive lineman that could fill a similar role to the one Justin Philips had with the Stamps. He has potential to develop into a starter.
8 Jesse Briggs, LB The expansion draft and free agency hurt the Riders’ non-import group. Briggs would help fill the special teams void left by Craig Butler, Graig Newman and others.
9 Andrew Lue, DB Natural and smooth Canadian cover man that provides depth for Hamilton behind likely starters Craig Butler (safety) and Courtney Stephen (cornerback).

 

OrderTeamPlayerSkinny
1 Devon Bailey - REC Bailey has all the tools size, strength and speed to develop into a stud Canadian receiver. He could hear his name called earlier as well.
2 Max Caron - LB Smart linebacker who plays faster than his Combine 40-time would otherwise indicate. If the Ticats start Frederic Plesius at linebacker Caron could provide nice depth behind him.
3 Anthony Coombs - RB Coombs is from the same hometown as Andrew Harris and has drawn comparisons to him as well. It wouldn’t surprise to see Coombs go even higher.
4 Alexandre Dupuis - RB Losing Patrick Lavoie in the expansion draft created a hole at FB for the Als. Dupuis is different than Lavoie; a big, physical blocker who could develop into a Mathieu Bertrand-type receiver out of the backfield.
5 Casey Chin - LB He can long snap, which always increases a player’s value. Chin would be an instant contributor on special teams.
6 Kris Bastien - REC Possibly the most pro-ready receiver in the Draft, Bastien has a solid size and speed combo.
7 Adam Thibault - DB Thibault has plenty of speed and a physical presence on special teams. If he can develop and learn, maybe down the line Thibault could be a starter in the secondary.
8 Scott MacDonell - REC MacDonell has a big frame like Andy Fantuz and is even faster. He’s an intriguing prospect who could come off the board even higher.
9 Beau Landry - LB At this spot Landry provides specials teams value. Some scouts view Landry as a Craig Butler-type, a better football player than tester.

 

OrderTeamPlayerSkinny
1 Evan Pszczonak - REC

After losing Johnny Forzani for the season, the Stampeders look to get better at Canadian receiver. Pszczonak oozes athleticism.

2 Derek Jones - DB If the Bombers start a Canadian corner Jones would be a good fit. He has strong bloodlines from his dad Ed who played in the CFL.
3 Tchissakid Player - OL After calling out his offensive line last season Ed Hervey needs to infuse some new talent up front.
4 David Menard - DL Defensive coordinator Noel Thorpe knows Menard well, having coached him at the University Montreal. He's a strong, steady lineman that could provide depth along the defensive front. He might be best on the interior if he puts on some weight.
5 Raye Hartmann - DB Despite being out of football for two years, Hartmann showed well at the Toronto and National Combines. He will be a tough special teams player and provide depth if Ottawa starts Eric Fraser at safety.
6 Laurent Duvernay-Tardif - OL A trio of third-round picks provides the Stampeders a chance to take the best prospect in the CFL Draft despite plenty of legitimate NFL interest.
7 Jaskaran Dhillon - OL Dhillon hasn’t played on the offensive line for very long, but he’s viewed as a prospect with potential.
8 Johnny Mark - K Mark is accurate and has a pretty strong leg. He is viewed as the top kicker prospect in the draft.
9 Chris Johnson - LB Johnson is a sneaky athletic linebacker who could help upgrade the Lions special teams units immediately.

 

RankNameSchoolPos.
1 Brett Boyko UNLV OL
2 Alex Mateas UCONN OL
3 Daryl Waud Western DL
4 Tyler Varga Yale RB
5 Nic Demski Manitoba WR
6 Sean McEwen Calgary OL
7 Sukh Chungh Calgary OL
8 Danny Groulx Laval OL
9 Addison Richards Regina WR
10 Jacob Ruby Richmond OL
 
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