CFL Scouting Bureau releases top 15 prospects
Offensive tackle Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (66) of McGill remains the No. 1 prospect on the CFL Scouting Bureau's list.
A pair of defensive linemen were the big movers and shakers Tuesday when the CFL Scouting Bureau released its final ranking of top 15 prospects in advance of next month's draft.
Concordia defensive tackle Quinn Smith, on the strength of his impressive showing at the CFL combine in late March, skyrocketed from not even being on January's list to No. 4 on Tuesday. Smith has also played a bit of offensive line with the Stingers, which should make him more attractive to CFL teams.
Meanwhile, Western defensive end Dylan Ainsworth, who also posted impressive numbers at the combine in Toronto, shot from No. 15 to No. 7 at the expense of his Mustangs teammate, linebacker Beau Landry, who plummeted from No. 7 to No. 15.
McGill offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif was No. 1 for the third ranking in a row, but he is expected to be drafted by an NFL team and could very well fall out of the first round in the CFL draft.
Montreal offensive lineman David Foucault moved from No. 3 to No. 2 on Tuesday's list, while Laval centre Pierre Lavertu went from No. 2 to No. 3. Both are expected to go in the first round of the CFL draft on May 13, although Foucault is garnering NFL interest. If an NFL team signs Foucault after its draft May 8-10, his draft stock will likely fall north of the border. St. Francis-Xavier receiver Devon Bailey remains in the top five, going from No. 4 to No. 5.
A pair of Manitoba players, defensive tackle Evan Gill and running back Anthony Coombs, didn't move much from the last ranking. Gill remains at No. 6, while Coombs jumped up one spot to No. 8.
Simon Fraser centre Matthias Goossen fell from No. 5 to No. 9 after a less-than-stellar combine performance, while Queen's defensive back Andrew Lue dropped two spots, from No. 8 to No. 10, after not participating in all the combine drills.
Two other newcomers to the final ranking both play at the University of Montreal: defensive lineman David Menard (No. 13) and defensive back Antoine Pruneau (No. 14).
The players who were ranked in January but nowhere to be found on Tuesday were Concordia linebacker Max Caron (No. 10), Queen's linebacker Sam Sabourin (No. 12) and Queen's defensive lineman Derek Wiggan (No. 14).
1. (1) Laurent Duvernay-Tardif OL McGill
2. (3) David Foucault OL Montreal
3. (2) Pierre Lavertu OL Laval
4. (NR) Quinn Smith DT Concordia
5. (4) Devon Bailey WR St. Francis-Xavier
6. (6) Evan Gill DT Manitoba
7. (15) Dylan Ainsworth DE Western
8. (9) Anthony Coombs RB Manitoba
9. (5) Matthias Gossen OL Simon Fraser
10. (8) Andrew Lue DB Queen's
11. (13) Adam Thibault DB Laval
12. (11) Casey Chin LB Simon Fraser
13. (NR) David Menard DT Montreal
14. (NR) Antoine Pruneau DB Montreal
15. (7) Beau Landry LB Western