OTTAWA (CIS) – David Onyemata, a defensive lineman from the University of Manitoba, is the top-ranked CIS player on the initial prospect list released by the CFL’s Scouting Bureau in advance of the league’s 2016 Canadian Draft.
Eleven CIS standouts found their way in the first rankings of the season, with perennial powerhouses Laval (4) and Calgary (3) accounting for seven of them.
Onyemata, a 6-foot-4, 295-pound senior entering his fourth campaign with the reigning Canada West champion Bisons, was named a conference all-star for the first time in 2014 at the nose tackle position. The arts student started all eight league games last fall and, despite being double-teamed on a majority of plays, racked up 28 tackles, including 3.5 for losses and 1.5 quarterback sacks.
A year ago, the top-ranked CIS player on the initial Scouting Bureau list was also from Manitoba. Onyemata’s former teammate, slotback Nic Demski, opened the season at No. 3 and ended up being drafted sixth overall by the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
The other CIS stars on the September 2015 list are Calgary defensive back Elie Bouka (No. 4), Calgary running back Mercer Timmis (No. 5), Laval offensive lineman Charles Vaillancourt (No. 10), former Toronto wide receiver Llevi Noel (No. 12), Laval defensive back Michaël Langlois (No. 14), Laval offensive lineman Philippe Gagnon (No. 15), Queen’s wide receiver Doug Corby (No. 16), Calgary wide receiver Brett Blaszko (No. 18), Laval offensive lineman Jason Lauzon-Séguin (No. 19) and Western wide receiver George Johnson (No. 20).
Last May, Calgary offensive lineman Sukh Chungh was the first CIS player selected in the CFL Canadian Draft when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers called his name at No. 2, marking the first time in nine years that the first pick overall was not a CIS product. Chungh had been ranked eighth, seventh and sixth, respectively, on the three prospect lists released over the course of the season.
Forty-four CIS players (out of 62 total picks) were selected in the 2015 CFL Draft, including seven in the first round.
NOTE: The Scouting Bureau is comprised of CFL scouts, player personnel directors and general managers from the league’s nine teams.
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CFL SCOUTING BUREAU SEPTEMBER 4, 2015 LIST:
Rank Name University Hometown Pos. Ht. Wt.
1. Tevaun Smith Iowa Toronto, Ont. WR 6-2 205
2. David Onyemata Manitoba Lagos, Nigeria DL 6-4 295
3. Arjen Colquhoun Michigan State Windsor, Ont. CB 6-1 202
4. Elie Bouka Calgary Laval, Que. DB 6-1 205
5. Mercer Timmis Calgary Burlington, Ont. RB 6-1 220
6. Josiah St. John Oklahoma Toronto, Ont. OL 6-6 308
7. Dillon Guy Buffalo Hamilton, Ont. OL 6-4 310
8. Mitchell Winters Miami Mississauga, Ont. DL 6-5 292
9. Mehdi Abdesmad Boston College Montreal, Que. DL 6-7 286
10. Charles Vaillancourt Laval Coaticook, Que. OL 6-4 325
11. Juwan Brescacin Northern Illinois Mississauga, Ont. WR 6-4 230
12. Llevi Noel Toronto * Toronto, Ont. WR 6-2 200
13. Anthony Thompson Southern Illinois Montreal, Que. DB 6-1 208
14. Michaël Langlois Laval Amos, Que. DB 6-0 210
15. Philippe Gagnon Laval L’Ancienne-Lorette, Que. OL 6-8 295
16. Doug Corby Queen’s Burlington, Ont. WR 6-2 190
17. Trent Corney Virginia Brockville, Ont. DE 6-3 255
18. Brett Blaszko Calgary Burlington, Ont. WR 6-4 215
19. Jason Lauzon-Séguin Laval Pointe-Claire, Que. OL 6-4 300
20. George Johnson Western London, Ont. WR 6-3 188
* Noel played for the University of Toronto in 2013 and 2014 but is not on the Varsity Blues’ 2015 roster.