April 17, 2014

Revisiting the pre-draft Scouting Bureau


CFL.ca Staff

TORONTO — With less than 24 hours until the 2014 CFL Draft, CFL.ca takes a look back at the final Scouting Bureau rankings, released in late April.

For the third-straight ranking, McGill offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is the top ranked prospect, though he was selected by the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL Draft last weekend.

Duvernay-Tardif is followed by two other offensive linemen – David Foucault from Université de Montréal is ranked second and Pierre Lavertu from Laval is third.

Rounding out the top five is the biggest mover on the list Quinn Smith, who entered the rankings after not being on the first two lists. Smith, however, might see his stock drop as a result of testing positive for a banned substance at the CFL Combine. In the fifth slot is St. Francis Xavier wide receiver, Devon Bailey.


The ranking includes four offensive linemen and defensive linemen, three defensive backs, two linebackers, and a wide receiver and running back.

Université de Montréal has three players on the list, the most by any one school. Laval, Manitoba, McGill, Simon Fraser and Western each have a pair of prospects on the list.

Smith, David Menard and Antoine Pruneau joined the list after not being ranked in the winter edition in January, while Max Caron, Sam Sabourin and Derek Wiggan did not reach the spring edition after being listed in the winter edition.

After a great showing at the National CFL Combine, Dylan Ainsworth soared from the 15th spot in the winter edition to the seventh spot in the spring edition.

The province of Quebec is represented with six hometown prospects. Following Quebec is Ontario with four, BC with three and Manitoba has two.

All 15 ranked players on last spring’s CFL Scouting Bureau list (it was published in April) were selected in the 2013 CFL Draft. Seven of those players were selected in the first round.

 Here is the Full Ranking:

Final Scouting Bureau Ranking
Rank Name Position School
1 (1)
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif OL McGill
2 (3)
David Foucault OL Montreal
3 (2)
Pierre Lavertu OL Laval
4 (–)
Quinn Smith DL Concordia
5 (4)
Devon Bailey WR St. Francis Xavier
6 (6)
Evan Gill DL Manitoba
7 (15)
Dylan Ainsworth DL Western
8 (9)
Anthony Coombs RB Manitoba
9 (5)
Matthias Goossen OL Simon Fraser
10 (8)
Andrew Lue LB Queen’s
11 (13)
Adam Thibault DB Laval
12 (11)
Casey Chin LB Simon Fraser
13 (–)
David Menard DL Montreal
14 (-)
Antoine Pruneau DB Montreal
15 (7)
Beau Landry LB Western