2018 CFL Draft Prospect Rankings: Top 15 Defensive Linemen

The clock keeps ticking down to draft day so its time to release my final positional rankings: Defensive Linemen.

Keep an eye out for my full eight round Mock Draft on Monday, April 30th.

2018 CFL Draft Prospect Rankings
Top 15 DLs

1. Julien Laurent, Georgia State Panthers
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Ht: 6’2.9” Wt: 291 lbs

julien laurent
Laurent is a run-stuffing defensive tackle with Division One pedigree and an imposing frame. Initial concerns about his weight have been silenced since he weighed in at a CFL-ready 291 lbs at the combine. Laurent takes up blocks unlike any other player in this draft class but hasn’t proved an ability to be an effective pass rusher which may cause teams to hesitate, however his size and statistics don’t differ much from another famous Laurent DT, Ted Laurent, and he has a ceiling in that range.

2. Brett Wade, Calgary Dinos
Hometown: Regina, SK
Ht: 6’1” Wt: 270 lbs

brett wade
Over the last two years, CFL teams have fallen in love with the University of Calgary defensive line with two drafted last year and two more signed to free agent deals. Wade fits the exact same mould. He’s strong, quick and explosive with a motor that just won’t quit. His hands never stop moving and he has a swim move in his arsenal that will make any offensive lineman’s head spin. He is a defensive tackle with the versatility to bounce outside and contribute on special teams, which will put his services at a premium.

3. Bo Banner, Central Washington Wildcats
Hometown: Bellingham, WA (US)
Ht: 6’2.6” Wt: 224 lbs

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A dominant edge rusher at Central Washington, Bo Banner is a pseudo-Canadian that has shown the ability to bend the corner. He is the fastest of all the top d-linemen but can be criticized for being a one-dimensional pass rusher without the body size to excel at the CFL level. Regardless of if his defensive skills translate, Banner will be able to make an instant impact on special teams.

4. Mathieu Breton, Bishop’s Gaiters
Hometown: Roxboro, PQ
Ht: 6’7.5” Wt: 274 lbs

mathieu breton
Breton is an unusual prospect. He is a raw defensive lineman that I honestly think could contribute as a DT in the CFL but due to his impressive frame he will likely convert to the offensive line. He has impressive athleticism, heavy hands and size to spare which will make him a highly coveted developmental prospect.

5. Kene Onyeka, Carleton Ravens
Hometown: Brampton, ON
Ht: 6’2.2” Wt: 244 lbs

kene onyeka
Onyeka is a top-notch pass rusher who proved capable of getting to the quarterback with regularity during his 4th year at Carleton. He needs to get stronger to separate from professional linemen but Onyeka will be returning to Carleton for his 5th year which means he will have time to improve once he has a professional training camp under his belt.

6. Tristan Koronkiewicz, Saskatchewan Huskies
Hometown: Regina, SK
Ht: 6’2.8” Wt: 245 lbs

tristan koronkiewicz
One of the draft’s most explosive testers, Koronkiewicz has drifted under the radar for most of the draft process. He is strong, jumps out of the gym, possesses excellent quickness and was a key contributor for the Huskies last year. Look for him to be drafted higher than you might expect.

7. Maxime Tessier, Sherbrooke Vert et Or
Hometown: Blaineville, PQ
Ht: 6’1” Wt: 286 lbs

maxime tessier
A beefy defensive tackle, Tessier benches 27 reps but is more than just pure strength. No interior d-linemen runs faster or jumps further than the Sherbrooke product. He manhandled RSEQ guards in flashes but has a ton of untapped potential. Few players are as mobile as he is at his size.

8. Michael Brouwers, McMaster Marauders
Hometown: Hastings, ON
Ht: 6’2.9” Wt: 251.6 lbs

michael brouwers
Another athletic end, Brouwers has excellent special teams tape and will bring added value to whichever team selects him. Brouwers isn’t the most adept pass rusher but he separates effectively from blocks in the run game and provides a high degree of versatility.

9. Rashari Henry, Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks
Hometown: Ottawa, ON
Ht: 5’11.9” Wt: 279 lbs

rashari henry
Rashari Henry is an exceptional person with an attitude and passion for the game that teams will love. On the field, there are some serious questions he needs to address. An end in college, his size likely means a move inside in the pros. He is a one-dimensional pass rusher who excels with the bull rush but hasn’t shown the ability to do much else. My biggest concern is his ability to tackle, he rarely wraps up opponents and relies on clutching and swinging that simply won’t work against professionals.

10. Jeremy Magan-France, Bishop’s Gaiters
Hometown: Rexdale, ON
Ht: 6’0.8” Wt: 271 lbs

jeremy magan france
One of the strongest players in the draft, Magan-France is remarkably quick for his size. He attacks the line of scrimmage with tenacity and hits with ferocity. His attitude on the field and his strong testing numbers will enamour him to teams.

11. Tresor Buama-Mafuta, Saint Mary’s Huskies
Hometown: Montreal, PQ
Ht: 6’0” Wt: 290 lbs

tresor buama mafuta
Strong like a bull, Buama-Mafuta may not have lightning speed but shows his explosion with the 2nd highest vert for a DL in the draft. He has active hands and plugs holes in the run game but will have to prove he can play against top level competition.

12. Norvell McGlaun, Indiana State Sycamores
Hometown: Windsor, ON
Ht: 5’11.1” Wt: 309 lbs

norvell mcglaun
A talented NCAA DT that occupies space and takes on double teams, McGlaun may be more well suited to the American game than the Canadian. He tests extremely slow and weighs in heavy, both of which will hinder him on the wider field. More of a space eater than a pass rusher, McGlaun could get a shot if he slims down a bit.

13. Gabriel Bagnell, Acadia Axemen
Hometown: Truro, NS
Ht: 6’1” Wt: 239 lbs

gabriel bagnell
Perhaps the best pure tester of the D-line group, Bagnell is a high motor player with excellent strength and straight-line speed. Bagnell is the type of player who might not develop into a defensive contributor but will make an immediate impact on special teams.

14. Joel Van Pelt, Calgary Dinos
Hometown: Lethbridge, AB
Ht: 6’4.8” Wt: 259 lbs

joel van pelt
Another member of the vaunted Calgary Dinos’ defensive front, Van Pelt isn’t quite as strong on tape as his counterparts but possesses the type of frame that teams’ drool over. He tested shockingly poorly but his size could cause someone to overlook it.

15. Maxime Latour, Sherbrooke Vert et Or
Hometown: Valleyfield, PQ
Ht: 6’3.1” Wt: 231 lbs

maxime latour
Listed as a DL, Latour will never play there. He is a high calibre long snapper with pin point accuracy and strong coverage skills downfield. He may need to beef up to excel at the next level but his snapping abilities are unquestioned.

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