StFX's Okafor moves up four spots in final prospect list for 2017 CFL draft

StFX's Okafor moves up four spots in final prospect list for 2017 CFL draft

TORONTO (U Sports) - Geoff Gray, an offensive lineman from the University of Manitoba, is the top-ranked U Sports player on the third and final prospect list released by the CFL's Scouting Bureau in advance of the league's 2017 Canadian Draft.

StFX's Kay Okafor, a defensive lineman from Enugu, Nigeria, moved up four spots in the final rankings since the previous list was published in December. Okafor is the lone AUS player to crack this year's prospect list.

In total, 13 U Sports standouts cracked the rankings unveiled on Thursday - matching the Dec. 8 total - including four in the Top 10.

The other U Sports stars named to the new Top 20 are McMaster receiver Danny Vandervoort (No. 4 / up three), Laval tight end Antony Auclair (No. 7 / down five), Carleton receiver Nate Behar (No. 9 / up three), Montreal defensive lineman Junior Luke (No. 11 / down two), Wilfrid Laurier defensive lineman Kwaku Boateng (No. 12 / down six), McGill offensive lineman Qadr Spooner (No. 13 / no change), Calgary defensive back Robert Woodson (No. 14 / up three), as well as previously unranked offensive lineman Braden Schram from Calgary (No. 16), running back Johnny Augustine from Guelph (No. 17), defensive lineman Fabion Foote from McMaster (No. 18) and defensive lineman Connor McGough from Calgary (No. 20).

Boateng and Auclair were the highest-ranked U Sports players on the September and December lists, respectively, both reaching the No. 2 spot.

Last May, Laval offensive lineman Philippe Gagnon was the first U Sports player selected in the CFL Canadian Draft when the Montreal Alouettes called his name at No. 2. Gagnon had been ranked 15th, 13th and ninth, respectively, on the three prospect lists released over the course of the season.

Fifty-three U SPORTS players were selected in the 2016 CFL Draft (out of 70 total picks), including four in the first round. Acadia's Brian Jones was the AUS conference's top selection last season when the Toronto Argonauts drafted him fourth overall.

NOTES: The CFL Scouting Bureau releases its rankings three times each year: in September, December and April. The Bureau is comprised of CFL scouts, player personnel directors and general managers from the league's nine teams.

CFL release:


1 (1) Justin Senior OL Mississippi State Montreal
2 (3) Eli Ankou DL UCLA Ottawa
3 (5) Geoff Gray OL Manitoba Winnipeg
4 (7) Danny Vandervoort REC McMaster Barrie, Ont.
5 (11) Faith Ekakitie DL Iowa Brampton, Ont.
6 (8) Christope Mulumba LB Maine Laval, Que.
7 (2) Antony Auclair TE Laval Notre-Dame-des-Pins, Que.
8 (10) Mason Woods OL Idaho Port Coquitlam, B.C.
9 (12) Nathaniel Behar REC Carleton London, Ont.
10 (15) Dariusz Bladek OL Bethune-Cookman Kissimmee, Fla.
11 (9) Junior Luke DL Montreal Montreal
12 (6) Kwaku Boateng DL Laurier Milton, Ont.
13 (13) Qadr Spooner OL McGill Brossard, Que.
14 (17) Robert Woodson DB Calgary Calgary
15 (19) Kay Okafor DL StFX Enugu, Nigeria
16 (–) Braden Schram OL Calgary Manning, Alta.
17 (–) Johnny Augustine RB Guelph Welland, Ont.
18 (–) Fabion Foote DL McMaster North York, Ont.
19 (–) Dondre Wright DB Henderson State Ajax, Ont.
20 (–) Connor McGough OL Calgary Medicine Hat, Alta.

Source: U Sports Communications




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