It was an incredible day for the CJFL with nine former players being selected in the CFL Draft on Thursday.
Not only was the Draft incredible but it was a historical one as Shane Richards becomes just the third player with CJFL experience to be selected #1 overall. The offensive lineman tips the scales at 6’8 and 325 pounds and was taken by the Toronto Argos. Former Okanagan Sun Chad Folk was taken in the top spot in 1997 and former Edmonton Huskie Simeon Rottier was selected #1 overall by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2009.
He was a standout for the Calgary Colts before getting an opportunity to shine in the Big 12 at Oklahoma State University (OSU).
In March Richards declined to participate at the CFL National Combine after performing the same drills the week before at the OSU Pro Day. He hit 22 reps on the bench and reached 27 inches in the vertical jump.
He was in Toronto earlier this week meeting with the Argos and was potentially discussing a contract.
The seven other CJFL players taken in Thursday’s draft include the following:
Rd 3 Pick 28 - Zack Williams - Rifles – Calgary Stampeders
Rd 4 Pick 33 - Hakeem Johnson - Beefs – BC Lions
Rd 5 Pick 40 - Shai Ross - Sun – Edmonton Eskimos
Rd 5 Pick 42 - Jonathan Harke - Wildcats – BC Lions
Rd 6 Pick 49 - Charles Nwoye - Rams – BC Lions
Rd 6 Pick 52 - Tariq Lachance - Rifles/Colts – Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Rd 6 Pick 54 - Chris Larsen - Rebels - Ottawa RedBlacks
Rd 8 Pick 69 - Jamel Lyles - Rebels – BC Lions
The CJFL and Ontario Conference (OFC) have released their 2019 schedule that will see the six member teams open the CJFL season on August 17th and 18th.
The defending Ontario champion Hamilton Hurricanes will open the season at home at Tim Hortons Field on that Saturday night when they welcome the Ottawa Sooners. Also that night last season’s OFC runner up the Windsor AKO Fratmen will host the GTA Grizzlies at Alumni Field. Then on that Sunday the London Beefeaters and their new coaching staff will visit the Niagara Regional Raiders at Kiwanis Field for an afternoon tilt.
The teams will play an eight week regular season schedule concluding on October 6th. The following weekend will see the top four teams advancing to the playoffs. The winner of the Ontario Conference this season will host the Prairie Conference winner on November 3rd with the winner of that game heading to BC for the 2019 Canadian Bowl two weeks later.
Photo courtesy of the CFL
Six players with CJFL experience took over the CFL National Combine this past weekend and showed they have what it takes to get to the next level.
Each of these six players along with the other draft hopefuls will now play the waiting game to see if what they showed the scouts is enough to be selected on May 2nd at the CFL Draft.
Former Okanagan Sun receiver Shai Ross continued to raise his stock by racing the quickest through the shuttle event, winning the broad jump and was second in the three-cone event and in the vertical section.
Former Edmonton Wildcat offensive lineman Jon Harke finished with the most bench reps at 32.
Three of the six CJFL players finished in the top seven in the 40 yard dash led by Ross and his 4.63. Hakeem Johnson (Beefeaters) also ran a 4.63 and Jamel Lyles (Rebels, pictured) stopped the clock at 4.64.
The players will CJFL experience definitely turned some heads. Here are the results:
|Name||Bench||40 Yard Dash||Vertical||Broad Jump||3-Cone||Shuttle|
|Jon Harke (Wildcats)||32||5.49||26||8'8.3"||8.22||4.94|
|Hakeem Johnson (Beefeaters)||DNP||4.63||33.5||9'10.0"||6.75||4.24|
|Tariq LaChance (Colts/Rifles)||13||5.01||32.5||9'9.0"||7.88||4.75|
|Jamel Lyles (Rebels)||17||4.64||33||9'8.8"||7.25||4.44|
|Shai Ross (Sun)||DNP||4.63||38.5||11'5.5"||7.00||4.08|
|Zack Williams (Rifles)||18||5.27||28||8'10.0"||8.18||4.84|