2019 Vanier Cup finalist Marc-Antoine Dequoy of the Montreal Carabins highlights a group of eight U SPORTS players on the final spring prospect list released by the Canadian Football League’s Scouting Bureau Monday in advance of the 2020 Draft.

Dequoy, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound defensive back, makes his second consecutive appearance ranked No. 9 on the Scouting Bureau Rankings, after opening the season at No. 15. This season, the Île Bizard, Que., native had 37.5 tackles – 34 of them solo – and a pair of interceptions in eight regular season games. In the playoffs, Dequoy added a key 85-yard pickoff return for a touchdown in Montreal’s 25-10 Dunsmore Cup victory over Laval. That clinched the Carabins’ first RSEQ title since 2015, en route to a Uteck Bowl win at Acadia and a spot in the 55th Vanier Cup Presented by Promutuel Insurance against the Calgary Dinos.

The Vanier Cup appearance capped a decorated career for Dequoy, who was named the RSEQ Defensive Player of the Year in 2018, and is a three-time RSEQ All-Star and U SPORTS All-Canadian, including back-to-back First Team nods the last two seasons.

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Alberta offensive lineman Carter O’Donnell is the highest-ranking U SPORTS product on the final Scouting Bureau ranking at No. 3. The Red Deer, Alta., product has been steadily rising, opening the season at No. 11 before moving up seven spots to No.4 in December after receiving First Team All-Canadian honours this season.

Both Dequoy and O’Donnell represented U SPORTS football in the 2020 East-West Shrine Bowl in January. The final Scouting Bureau list also includes two players from Laval, as well as one each from Queen’s, Waterloo, Western and Carleton.

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The CFL Scouting Bureau releases its rankings three times each year, usually in the Fall, Winter and Spring. The Bureau is comprised of CFL scouts, player personnel directors and general managers from the league’s nine teams.

Last year, 52 U SPORTS players were selected in the 2019 CFL Draft out of 73 total picks (71.2 per cent).

The 2020 CFL Draft is scheduled for April 30.

2020 CFL SCOUTING BUREAU (Final Rankings)

Rank Name Pos. University Hometown Program Sept. Dec.
1 Neville Gallimore DT Oklahoma St. Catharines, Ont. Arts & Sciences 1 1
2 Chase Claypool WR Notre Dame Abbotsford, B.C. Management Consulting 2 2
3 Carter O’Donnell OL Alberta Red Deer, Alta. Education 11 4
4 Tomas Jack-Kurdyla OL Buffalo Montreal, Que. Educational Studies 13 5
5 Dejon Brisset WR Virigina Mississauga, Ont. TBD 6 7
6 Michael Hoecht DT Brown Oakhood, Ohio Business NR NR
7 Nathan Rourke QB Ohio Oakville, Ont. Secondary Ed. & Integrated Social Studies 3 3
8 Jordan Williams LB East Carolina Fayetville, N.C. University Studies NR NR
9 Marc-Antoine Dequoy DB Montreal Île Bizard, Que. Video Games Studies 15 9
10 Mason Bennett DE North Dakota Winnipeg, Man. Communications 9 8
11 Ketel Assé OL Laval Saint-Marc, Haiti Sport Intervention 7 6
12 Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund DL Southeastern Louisiana Dartmouth, N.S. TBD NR 17
13 Brendan O’Leary-Orange WR Nevada Toronto, Ont. General Studies 14 10
14 Cameron Lawson DL Queen’s Caledon, Ont. Arts & Science NR 15
15 Adam Auclair LB Laval Quebec, Que. Teaching Physical & Health Ed. 8 13
16 Dylan Giffen OL Western Strathroy, Ont. King’s College 16 12
17 Tyler Ternowski WR Waterloo Hamilton, Ont. Economics 19 16
18 Rysen John WR Simon Fraser Vancouver, B.C. TBD NR 11
19 Jack Cassar LB Carleton Mississauga, Ont. Business NR 20
20 J.J. Molson K UCLA Montreal, Que. Business 12 19

Appeared on previous Scouting Bureau List this season 

Name Pos. University Hometown Program Sept. 12 Dec. 10
Adam Sinagra QB Calgary Pointe Claire, Que. Economics 18 14
Jesse Lawson OL Carleton Vancouver, B.C. Psychology 20 18
Sage Doxtater OL New Mexico St. Welland, Ont. Sociology 4 NR
Patrice Rene DB North Carolina Ottawa, Ont. TBD 5 NR
Daniel Joseph DE Penn State Brampton, Ont. Labor & Employment Relations 10 NR
Dev Lamour DB Buffalo Montreal, Que. Educational Studies 17 NR