Four Canadians are among the top prospects performing in front of scouts and General Managers at the 2014 NFL Draft Combine.
The combine takes place Feb 22 to Feb 25 in Indianapolis.
Two of the most promising Canadians hoping to impress are from Winnipeg.
T.J. Jones, a 6’0, 195-pound receiver, was born in Winnipeg but grew up in Roswell, Georgia.
Jones, a Fighting Irish captain, caught 70 passes for 1,108 yards and nine touchdowns in his senior season at Notre Dame. Most prognosticators predict that Jones will be selected in the middle rounds of the draft.
Guard John Urschel was also born in Winnipeg, but grew up in Buffalo New York.
At 6’3 and 317-pounds, TSN.ca reports that the offensive lineman has a very good chance of being drafted.
Mississauga Ontario native Brent Urban is a 6’6, 298-pound defensive tackle who played collegiately at the University of Virginia.
PhiladelphiaEagles .com reporter Tony Pauline recently included Urban in his list of five defensive players to keep an eye on at the combine, and described him as follows:
The Canadian-born Urban struggled through the 2013 season and much of the Senior Bowl with a nasty ankle injury. Yet when able to play through it he was dominant. Urban, who measured just under 6-foot-7 and 300 pounds in Mobile last month, projects to a number of defensive line positions. If fully healthy, expect him to turn in a monster workout Monday.
NFLDraftScout.com’s Rob Rang also took note of Urban’s power in this scouting report:
Senior Bowl Tuesday…Urban has generated some buzz in recent weeks and it is clear that his length and strength project very well as a traditional five-technique defensive end. He is very strong and uses the power in his upper body to stun and disengage from would-be blockers. He also lost track of the ball, at times, allowing runners to slip past him when he appeared to be in position to stop them.
Bo Lokombo, who once played for the very strong W.J. Mouat Hawks high school football program in British Columbia, starred at linebacker for the Oregon Ducks.
The 6’3, 233-pound native of Abbotsford BC recorded 57 tackles and three sacks for the Ducks in 2013.
McGill University’s Laurent Duvernay-Tardiff was not invited to the combine but is the top-ranked Canadian University player eligible for the NFL Draft. The 6’5, 315-pound tackle, also a top-of-class medical student, was dominant in the CIS. Tardiff is from St. Hilaire, Quebec.
(Feature image – Bo Lokombo, Kevin Cline Photography)