- Free Agency
MONTREAL — The 2018 CFL Combine season started Wednesday at Olympic Stadium in Montreal and after a day of testing, the CFL announced that WR Marco Dubois, DB Justin Howell, LB Khadim Mbaye and OL Arnaud Gendron-Dumouchel all earned an invite to the national edition of the Combine in Winnipeg at the end of the month.
A shifty wide receiver, Dubois separated himself from the rest of the prospects with a dominant day of testing. The Laval product finished atop three of the major testing categories, running a 4.56 hand time in the 40 and topping both the Broad and Vertical Jump.
Carleton’s Justin Howell also found himself on the day’s leaderboard in multiple spots, finishing second in the 3-Cone and Shuttle and just behind Dubois in the 40 with a 4.58.
At 6-foot-9 inches, Gendron-Dumouchel towered over the competition on Wednesday and earned a ticket to Winnipeg with his reach, wingspan and footwork. He pumped out 17 reps on the bench press in a show of strength. The Montreal offensive lineman finished second among his O-Line cohorts in the three-cone drill. The two-year starter out of Montreal will enter the primary Combine as the one of the most physically imposing figures.
Versatility was the name of the game for Mbaye who showed coaches and scouts that he could compete at both linebacker and defensive lineman. The Ottawa defender tested well but proved his worth primarily in the one-on-ones.
Overall, 47 players attended today’s Eastern Regional Combine in Montreal and each athlete worked out in front of scouts from all CFL Teams.
Last year’s Eastern Regional Combine saw Malcolm Carter, Alexandre Chevrier, Mathieu Dupuis, Anthony Gosselin and Harland Hastings invited to CFL Combine. Gosselin was drafted 18th overall to Ottawa, Carter went to Montreal at 43rd overall, Dupuis was chosen by Ottawa at 44th overall and Chevrier was selected 55th overall by Saskatchewan in the 2017 CFL Draft.