Luke Willson and Matt Sewell are the top Canadian prospects heading into the 2013 NFL Draft.
Willson is a two-sport star who played both baseball and football for the past four years at Rice University in Texas (Wilson was drafted by the Major League Baseball Toronto Blue Jays in 2011).
A 6’4, 250-pound tight end from LaSalle, Ontario, Willson is the highest ranked Canadian (24th among tight ends) in this year’s NFLdraftscout.com ratings.
Willson attended St. Thomas of Villanova High School in La Salle and played for the Canadian junior national baseball team in 2008. He also played football for the OVFL Essex Ravens.
His breakout season on the football field came in 2010, when he led the Rice Owls with 425 yards receiving in 11 games. In 2012 he struggled with injuries, affecting his current ranking on NFLDraftscout.com.
Sewell, an Offensive Tackle from Milton, Ontario, is a two-time All-Canadian with the CIS McMaster Marauders.
In 2011 Sewell helped McMaster capture its first national title in program history.
Sewell played high school football at Milton’s Bishop Reding Secondary School, and also participated in IFAF’s International Bowl series as a member of Team World.
Dubbed an “ultra-athletic behemoth” by the Hamilton Spectator’s Scott Radley, Sewell was one of two Canadians invited to the NCAA’s showcase prospect game – the 2013 East West Shrine Game – in January. Calgary’s Kirby Fabien (another offensive lineman) was the other.
The 6′ 8, 340-pound Sewell is ranked 44th among all players at his position by NFLdraftscout.com.
Neither Willson nor Sewell will be participating in the 2013 NFL Combine (February 23-26), yet several past CIS players have used Shrine Games to earn NFL free agent contracts. Recent examples include Israel Idonije (University of Manitoba/Chicago Bears), Akiem Hicks (University of Regina/New Orleans Saints), Dan Federkeil (University of Calgary/Indianapolis Colts) and Samuel Giguère (Universite de Sherbrooke/Indianapolis Colts).
The 2013 NFL Draft will be held April 25-27, 2013.
Eastern Michigan’s Andy Mulumba is another draft-eligible Canadian ranked by NFLdraftscout.com. The 6’4, 263-pound senior is ranked 82nd among defensive ends. In 2008 Mulumba starred at Vieux Montreal high school, where he was named defensive most valuable player and provincial all star. One of the few true freshman to play for the Eagles in 2009, Mulumba has recorded 156 tackles over four seasons for the Eagles.