April 18, 2017

Prospect Profile: Teamwork driving Nate Behar to the pros

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TORONTO — Nate Behar knows the key to success in football is to work together as a team.

As one of the top prospects heading into the 2017 Draft, Behar hopes his ability to work together in any receiving corps will help him stand out from the crowd.

“The big thing about being a receiver is that you’re part of a unit,” Behar said. “I think that’s one of the things I like to bring with me the most is running around the field, we’re communicating, we know what routes we’re running, we’re all on the same page.”

Behar talked to CFL.ca in a one-on-one interview at this year’s combine, which can be seen below:


Behar started playing football very young – he says he was around six-years-old when he first picked up the pigskin – and fell in love with it almost immediately. He wasn’t the biggest guy on the field and was “not good” at the game itself but that didn’t matter to the wideout.

“I just loved it,” Behar confessed. “I loved running around. I was a twig. I was probably about 60 pounds. I was 90 pounds, 95 pounds going into grade nine but it was fun to make guys miss and run around that way. I fell in love with it and it just never left me.”

Behar went on to become one of the most highly-touted receivers in the country. The Carleton Ravens’ receiver is the ninth-ranked CFL prospect in the third and final CFL Scouting Bureau ranking – moving up three spots from his 12th place ranking back in December.

He credits his coach at Carelton, Jean-Philippe Asselin, for helping push him to be the best he could be.

“It was beyond the mental, beyond the physical and he really fought to bring the most out of me,” he said. “He challenged me. He pushed me to do more, to think more, to think outside the box. He did a lot for me that way.”

At the 2017 CFL Combine presented by adidas, Behar clocked in the third fastest 40-yard dash time at 4.613 seconds – the fastest of any receiver. He also benched the most of any receiver with 22 reps.

“I care about this game on more than one level,” said Behar. “I care about the people I’m playing with. I care about the dudes I’m playing with. I want them to be the best they can possibly be so we can be the best we can be as a team. None of this stuff is possible without all of us.”