Luke Willson and Jorgen Hus, two of the five Canadians in NFL camps this offseason, have already impressed their head coaches.
The Seahawks drafted Willson, a 6-foot-5, 252-pound tight end from the Windsor area, in the fifth round of this year’s draft.
According to Seattle Times reporter Jayson Jenks, the Seahawks view Willson as a downfield threat in the passing game (Willson ran a 4.51 40-yard dash at his pre-draft Pro Day at Rice University). Willson wasted little time showing an ability to get behind the defense, catching two long passes during his first two days of rookie camp. His second, which he turned into a touchdown, impressed Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll.
“That was probably the brightest spot that you could really see a guy jump out today,” Carroll told Jenks.
Saskatoon native Jorgen Hus is another Canadian using rookie camp to make an impression. Hus, a long-snap specialist from the Regina Rams, was signed as an undrafted free agent by the St. Louis Rams and is already on Head Coach Jeff Fisher’s radar.
According to a Stlouisrams.com blog Hus has some cache with fans due to his long-snapping exploits on YouTube. The YouTube video shows Hus snapping the ball into the window of a moving car and into a garbage can from long distances, among other things http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxpTk8dcQtg .
“I have not got to that point of the research yet,” Fisher said laughingly on the Rams blog. “Someone told me he had 25 tackles or something like that. He’s an athletic guy who can go down and make plays and he did some of that. Their field (in Canada) is a little bit bigger so he should be pretty good in space.”
Stefan Charles, Andy Mulumba and Carl Olivier Prime are also currently competing for jobs in NFL camps.
Charles, a defensive lineman from the University of Regina, is in Tennessee with the Titans.
Mulumba, a linebacker who grew up in the Congo and only started playing football as a 10th grader at Vieux Montreal, played NCAA football at Eastern Michigan.
Laval Quebec’s Carl Olivier Prime is in camp with the Indianapolis Colts. Prime Started 38-of-45 games at Wagner College and registered 297 tackles (111 solo), 11.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, seven passes defensed and two interceptions.
All three players were signed as undrafted free agents.
McMaster’s Ben D’Aguilar (Buccanneers), Calgary’s Kirby Fabien (Giants), and McMaster’s Matt Sewell (Titans) – three Canadian University stars who received invitations to NFL camps – were released.