March 17, 2013

Combine: A look ahead at the Edmonton Regional

Michael Thibault/The Ubyssey Staff

EDMONTON — For the first time ever, the Canadian Football League will host two regional combines in addition to the Toronto combine held every year in advance of the CFL Draft.

The first Regional Combine will take place in Edmonton on Monday at the Commonwealth Stadium Fieldhouse, while Stade TELUS-Université Laval in Quebec City will host the second one two days later.

As part of our ongoing coverage leading into the 2013 CFL Combine, will provide up-to-the-minute stats, headlines, videos and more from the first 40-yard dash in Edmonton until the final one-on-one in Toronto.

Today, we preview the Edmonton Regional Combine.

By the Numbers:

The most represented school will be the University of Calgary, who will be represented by eight players in Edmonton, four of which are draft eligible.

Defensive back Jamahl Knowles, LB Tom Black and DLs Martin Kalonji, Michael Klassen will all be looking for an invite to the Toronto Combine.

A second chance:

A pair of UBC Thunderbirds will be taking their second stab at being noticed by scouts come Monday, as running backs Billy Greene and Joey Gabrick will both be in attendance in Edmonton as free agents.

In 2012, Greene arrived in Toronto for the Combine as a highly touted quarterback prospect, having won the Hec Crighton Trophy following his stellar 2011 campaign in which he led the country in passing yards with 2,558, tied for the CIS lead in touchdown passes 20 and topped all CIS quarterbacks with 482 rushing yards.

Greene put together an impressive showing at last year’s Combine, topping all QB’s in the bench press with 11 in addition to running a respectable 4.85s 40-yard dash.

Despite his solid performance, Greene was overlooked in the 2012 CFL Draft and returned to UBC for another season, where he threw for 1,960 yards and 13 TDs in eight games.

While he is no longer draft eligible, Greene will be looking to impress scouts enough to hopefully earn an invite to training camp come June.

Garbrick, meanwhile, was also overlooked in the draft last year after earning an invite to Combine weekend one year ago, but signed with the Alouettes as a free agent shortly after.

The Surrey native had a quiet season for the Thunderbirds, hauling in 15 passes for 150 yard and no touchdowns in eight games.

Faces in the Crowd:

Calgary Dinos wide receiver Richard Snyder will be one to keep an eye on in Edmonton. The Calgary native finished 11th in the country in receiving yards with 657 – the highest among all receivers at the regional combine.

On the defensive side of the ball, Regina product Jamir Walker and Calgary’s Wyatt Getty could be two defensive backs to watch. Both ball hawks registered three interceptions in 2012, good enough for a share of third best in the nation.