These rankings are assembled by combining my own subjective personal grade of each players on field talent, as seen on tape and in Combine 1-on-1, with a percentage grade of how high or below average their testing scores were based on position. The players are then ranked from highest to lowest. Given the importance of Canadian Offensive Lineman to the CFL this list has been expanded to a top 15.
Top 15 OLs in the 2017 CFL Draft Class
1. Geoff Gray, Manitoba:
Strong and mobile. An absolute physical freak who tests off the charts. Checks every physical and mental box that o-line coach looks for. Firmly on the NFL radar after his pro day. Will benefit immensely from professional level coaching.
2. Justin Senior, Mississippi State:
The resume speaks for itself. 3 year starter in the SEC, allowed only 14 hurries last year according to Pro Football Focus. Looks excellent on tape with few flaws. Leans forward too much in to his blocks leaving himself open to inside moves but can be coached. However, he tested very poorly at the NFL Combine and looked out of place at the Senior Bowl. Seems slow. NFL hopes have slipped somewhat.
3. Jeremy Zver, Regina:
An athlete who happens to play offensive line. Has all the physical skill sets that coaches drool over. Gets in front of runners and can lead block. Needs a lot of development but could turn into a legitimate CFL tackle with the right coaching.
4. Jean-Simon Roy, Laval:
A proto-typical Laval O-lineman, the strongest in the class and well coached. An impassible wall that can’t be pushed back with a bull rush. Played a lot at tackle in college but will be an excellent center at the next level.
5. Dariusz Bladek, Bethune-Cookman:
Doesn’t amaze on tape but doesn’t make any big mistakes either, exactly what you want from an offensive lineman. Good hands and clean pass pro footwork. Will need time to learn the unfamiliar Canadian game and readjust to football pace after a year off. Completely invested in this path and will work his butt off. Has the type of mentality teams look for.
6. Evan Johnson, Saskatchewan:
Absolutely beautiful pass pro footwork. Looked good in 1-on-1s. Needs to work on his run blocking. Has the right body type to play tackle at the next level.
7. Mason Woods, Idaho:
A big man who does not bend well. Strong guard in the NCAA where he could get his hands on opponents and gain some leverage but showed in 1-on-1s that he stands up too quickly for the CFL neutral zone. Going to the NCAA may have actually hindered his development. Will need time to develop in to a starting lineman.
8. Braden Schram, Calgary:
Strong and stout. Played tackle for the Dinos but will be an excellent guard at the next level. Tough to manhandle, a bulldog who does not give ground. Was the best lineman in 1-on-1s at the Combine in my opinion.
9. Qadr Spooner, McGill:
A physical lineman who makes up for his unpolished footwork with brute upper body strength. Has a lot of potential and showed well in 1-on-1s but needs high level coaching to correct his feet and hand placement.
10. Kwabena Asare, Carleton:
Coaches love his body and raw potential. A brawler who may be too big to properly adjust to guard and isn’t quite a tackle either. A developmental prospect that will take time to make an impact.
11. Felix Gacusana Jr., Simon Fraser:
An aggressive lineman who looks for contact. Played tackle and guard in college but will stick on the inside. Throws a vicious cut block. Not the fastest lineman but loves to get in front of outside runs and lead.
12. Brett Golding, Wilfred Laurier:
A top calibre OUA lineman who’s tape is limited due to losing last season to injury. Tested very well across the board and will merit a flyer pick at the very least.
13. Daniel Hayes, Queens:
An aggressive blocker who drives his feet and finishes every block. An excellent run blocker. A good late-round pick for interior offensive line depth.
14. Jordan Filippelli, Calgary:
A very talented lineman in college who showed reasonably well in 1-on-1s but tested extremely poorly. Will move inside after playing tackle in college.
15. Danny Sprukulis, Toronto:
A good player in a bad program. Has the body type that coaches look for and polished pass pro footwork. A great late round pick who could really develop at the next level.