CFL draft hopefuls impress teams at combine

Laval OL Pierre Lavertu (Craig Robertson/QMI Agency)

Laval OL Pierre Lavertu (Craig Robertson/QMI Agency)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:06 AM ET

There haven’t been too many nice things said about the 2014 CFL draft class.

Thanks to eligibility changes this year, the group has been described as shallow, relatively poor and ugly. Just kidding about the ugly part, but you get the picture.

That changed on Saturday at the Park Hyatt hotel in Toronto, where 51 of the top draft-eligible players strutted their stuff in front of dozens of CFL scouts, coaches and general managers. Brendan Mahoney, a Canadian scout with the Calgary Stampeders, said there were some impressive showings among the hopefuls.

“It showed the kids are really taking this serious and are putting the time and effort into working out,” Mahoney said. “That surprised a lot of people ... the numbers that these kids put up.

“It’s good to have players who are physically ready to come in and play when they come into training camp.”


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