TORONTO – With the CFL Draft set to kick off Tuesday night at 8 p.m., all eyes are on the 2015 CFL Scouting Bureau rankings as CFL teams eye the nation’s top amateur talent.
In the third and final installment of the CFL Scouting Bureau for the 2015 draft class, Christian Covington claimed top spot after announcing to forego his senior year of college in early January, making himself eligible for both NFL and CFL Drafts.
After finishing first in the fall and winter edition of the CFL Scouting Bureau, UNLV offensive lineman Brett Boyko finished second on the top prospect list. Rounding out the top-five are University of Connecticut offensive lineman Alex Mateas, Yale running back Tyler Varga, and in the fifth slot, Laval offensive lineman, Danny Groulx.
Mississauga, Ont. native Brandon Bridge, who played for the University of South Alabama last season, becomes the first quarterback ever to make the Scouting Bureau list. The CFL introduced the list for the first time in September, 2008.
BY THE NUMBERS
The ranking includes six offensive linemen, four receivers, three defensive linemen, two defensive backs, linebackers, running backs and a quarterback.
Calgary has three prospects represented on the list, the most by any school. Regina, UNLV and Wilfrid Laurier are the only other schools to have multiple prospects on the list.
In the final edition of the scouting bureau, Covington, Lemar Durant, Tevaughn Campbell, Shaquille Murray-Lawrence and Brandon Bridge climbed into the top-20 list. However, Dillon Guy, Karl Lavoie, Brandon Tennant, Adam Konar and Ettore Lattanzio dropped from the spring edition after being listed in the winter edition.
The province of Ontario is represented with ten hometown prospects. Following Ontario is B.C. with three, Alberta, Quebec, and Saskatchewan with two and Manitoba with one.
All 15 ranked players on last spring’s CFL Scouting Bureau list were selected in the 2014 CFL Draft, including all nine first round selections.
Final Scouting Bureau Ranking
Please note: The ranking in the parenthesis is the player’s ranking position from the last CFL Scouting Bureau published in December, 2014.
The 2015 CFL Draft will take place on May 12, 2015 with the Ottawa REDBLACKS owning the first overall selection. You can watch the opening two rounds of the draft on TSN and RDS2 beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET with subsequent rounds being streamed live online at TSN.ca.