Osei-Kusi takes fastest 40 at CFL Combine

TORONTO — Queen’s University receiver Chris Osei-Kusi had the fastest 40-yard dash on Sunday at the CFL Combine presented by New Era, running to a time of 4.47.

The six-foot, 192-pound pass-catcher followed up on a strong first day of the combine, just edging St. Francis Xavier receiver Kaion Julien-Grant, who ran a 4.49.

The 40-yard dash was one of six major tests taken by prospects and global players at the CFL Combine this weekend in Toronto, in advance of the 2019 CFL Draft on May 2. Sunday’s testing concluded with the 40, short shuttle, three-cone drill and broad jump.

After standing out on Saturday in the vertical jump and bench press, Osei-Kusi’s dominance in the 40 may have solidified his status as a projected first round pick come May.

“I talked to a couple of scouts and he interviewed crazy well,” said CFL.ca’s Marshall Ferguson before Sunday’s testing. “He was asked by one scout in an interview Friday to explain his decreased production in 2018. The scout was fully expecting him to answer by blaming his quarterback or his coach, but Osei-Kusi explained that when certain teams decided to roll coverage his way, he just played his role and did anything he could to help the team.

“He’s tested well, he interviews well, he’s an engaging personality and he looks like a first round pick.”