David Onyemata

OTTAWA (CIS) – David Onyemata, a defensive lineman from the University of Manitoba, is still the top-ranked CIS player on the second prospect list released by the CFL’s Scouting Bureau in advance of the league’s 2016 Canadian Draft.

As was the case back in September, 11 CIS standouts merited a spot on the Top 20 list. Perennial powerhouse Laval leads the way with three representatives, while UBC sees two of its players join the elite group following its remarkable Vanier Cup triumph. 

Onyemata enjoyed a dream season in his fourth year with the Bisons. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound senior was named a Canada West all-star for the second straight campaign, was recognized as an all-Canadian for the first time, and claimed the J.P. Metras Trophy as the top down lineman in CIS football. Despite being double-teamed on most plays, the 23-year-old nose tackle was second in his conference and ninth in the country with five sacks in eight league games and also ranked second in Canada West in tackles for a loss (7.5) and 12th in overall tackles (38.5).

“It’s nice to be ranked again as the top CIS prospect,” said Onyemata, a native of Nigeria who had never played football before he moved to Canada five years ago. “Good things come to those who wait. But better things come to those who work for it.”

Rounding out the list of CIS stars in the new Scouting Bureau Top 20 are Laval offensive lineman Charles Vaillancourt (No. 6 / up four positions), Calgary running back Mercer Timmis (No. 7 / down two), UBC defensive back Taylor Loffler (No. 9 / previously unranked), Laval OL Philippe Gagnon (No. 13 / up two), Laval OL Jason Lauzon-Séguin (No. 14 / up five), Calgary DB Elie Bouka (No. 16 / down 12), former Toronto wide receiver Llevi Noel (No. 17 / down five), Acadia wideout Brian Jones (No. 18 / previously unranked), Queen’s WR Doug Corby (No. 19 / down three) and UBC kickerQuinn van Gylswyk (No. 20 / previously unranked).         

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.

CFL release: http://www.cfl.ca/2015/12/11/cfl-scouting-bureau-releases-december-rankings-2/


Rank   Name                           University       Hometown                  Pos.     Ht.       Wt.      PR      

1.         Tevaun Smith               Iowa                Toronto, Ont.               WR       6-2       205      (1)

2.         David Onyemata        Manitoba         Lagos, Nigeria              DL       6-4       300      (2)

3.         Josiah St. John            Oklahoma        Toronto, Ont.               OL       6-6       308      (6)

4.         Mehdi Abdesmad         Boston Coll.     Montreal, Que.            DL       6-7       286      (9)

5.         Arjen Colquhoun         Michigan St.    Windsor, Ont.              CB       6-1       202      (3)

6.         Charles Vaillancourt  Laval               Coaticook, Que.           OL       6-4       325      (10)

7.         Mercer Timmis           Calgary            Burlington, Ont.           RB       6-1       220      (5)

8.         Trent Corney               Virginia           Brockville, Ont.            DE       6-3       255      (17)

9.         Taylor Loffler            UBC                Kelowna, B.C.             DB       6-3       219      (NR)

10.       Mitchell Winters           Miami              Mississauga, Ont.        DL       6-5       292      (8)

11.       Dillon Guy                   Buffalo             Hamilton, Ont.             OL       6-4       310      (7)

12.       Juwan Brescacin         North. Illinois  Mississauga, Ont.        WR       6-4       230      (11)

13.       Philippe Gagnon         Laval               L’Ancienne-Lorette, Que.  OL       6-8       295      (15)

14.       Jason Lauzon-Séguin Laval               Pointe-Claire, Que.      OL       6-4       300      (19)

15.       Anthony Thompson      South. Illinois  Montreal, Que.            DB       6-1       208      (13)

16.       Elie Bouka                  Calgary            Laval, Que.                  DB       6-1       205      (4)

17.       Llevi Noel                   Toronto            Toronto, Ont.               WR      6-2       200      (12) *

18.       Brian Jones                 Acadia             Grand Lake, N.S.         WR      6-4       230      (NR)

19.       Doug Corby                Queen’s           Burlington, Ont.           WR      6-2       190      (16)

20.       Quinn van Gylswyk    UBC                Victoria, B.C.               K         6-4       200      (NR)

* Noel played for the University of Toronto in 2013 and 2014 but was not on the Varsity Blues roster in 2015.