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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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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.