Sunday Stars: Bennett’s versatility pays off

WINNIPEG — Among Sunday’s standouts in Winnipeg, no one’s star shone brighter than Jackson Bennett’s.

The Ottawa product showed his versatility, testing both as a linebacker and a defensive back while proving he can be a contributor at the next level.

On Sunday, 51 of the country’s top draft-eligible prospects took advantage of one last chance to impress the scouts before the CFL Draft on May 3.’s Marshall Ferguson provides his biggest stars:

Jackson Bennett
DB | Ottawa

Already a highly-touted prospect coming into the weekend, Jackson Bennett solidified himself as a pro-ready prospect with strong showing, testing both as a defensive back and a linebacker.

In one-on-one coverage against the country’s top young receivers, Bennett held his own every time out.

“Marathon man,” said Ferguson. “He did everything, impressed in everything, has return ability, showed strength in special teams drills and can play a variety of defensive positions if needed. He won the day overall in terms of respect gained.”

Height Weight Vertical Broad Jump
5’11” 212 33.5″  9’5.50″

Dakoda Shepley

One day after taking the top bench press performance (27 reps), Dakoda Shepley carried his momentum into Sunday against premiere defensive linemen.

“Shepley confirmed everything we’ve seen from game film,” said Ferguson. “Strong, physical, can play multiple positions. I think he’ll be drafted with the mindset of a team making him a guard, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets reps at tackles very quickly wherever he lands.”

Ferguson compares Shepley to Lions offensive lineman Hunter Steward, who plays both guard and tackle after being drafted in the first round.

“Having that versatility can only help when combined with his athleticism.”

Height Weight Vertical Broad Jump
6’4″ 306 31′ 8’9.50″

Daniel Petermann
WR | McMaster

The star of Saturday, Daniel Petermann continued to dominate on the second day of the combine, topping the vertical at 39 inches while placing top-five in the broad jump.

His speed also stood out in the one-on-ones, allowing him separation against some of the top DBs.

“Smooth route-runner,” said Ferguson. “Elusive after the catch, which you can’t see in a combine setting. But his upside is huge and he surprised many with his testing numbers.

“He very much put himself on the radar for a top-two round pick.”

Height Weight Vertical Broad Jump
 5’11”  205 36′ 10’7.25″