There are now five Canadian rookies with a legitimate chance of making an NFL team this summer.
David Foucault, a standout offensive tackle with the CIS Montreal Carabins, became the first tryout player to sign with the team on May 19th.
Four Canadians were selected in the NFL Draft earlier this month (Brent Urban and John Urschel by the Ravens, T.J. Jones by the Lions and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif by the Chiefs).
Foucault was not drafted, but the Panthers staked their claim calling his agent immediately after the draft and offering the 6’8, 320-pound left tackle a tryout.
After two impressive days of rookie mini-camp the Panthers offered him a contract.
“He’s got long arms and he’s got a nice accent,” head coach Ron Rivera said on Panthers.com. “He did some nice things. He’s very athletic. What’s really nice is as (offensive line coaches John Matsko and Ray Brown) started trying to get him to understand certain techniques and the way we do things here – it’s a little bit different obviously – he seemed to be able to pick those things up. . . . . He’s very intriguing for us.”
The Panthers have a history with players from Quebec. In 1996 the team made former CEGEP star Tim Biakabutuka its first-round draft pick.
Born in LaSalle and raised in La Prairie, Foucault played minor football in the Diablos organization before attending CEGEP in Longueuil.
Danny Maciocia, Foucault’s coach with the Carabins, told the Montreal Gazette’s Herb Zurkowsky that Foucault ‘is a happy-go-lucky prankster — not much different than many 25-year-olds’.
“I’m a big guy, but I have a happy face and don’t look like an aggressive guy,” Foucault told Zurkowshy. “On the field, I can change. I like to work, but also to have fun when it’s time. But when it’s important, I’m very serious on the field.”
Another Canadian, Abbotsford B.C.’s Boseko Lokombo, is still hoping to get an opportunity with an NFL team. The former University of Oregon Duck had shoulder surgery during the offseason, and thus was not able to participate in all combine drills.