Williams tops CFL draft rankings

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:03 PM ET

Shomari Williams has jumped to the top of the heap.

The Queen's linebacker is the No. 1 prospect for the Canadian draft on May 2 in the minds of the CFL's amateur scouting bureau.

Williams was 15th on the list last September but after a strong performance at the Vanier Cup, followed by a good showing at the CFL evaluation camp in March, has vaulted into first. Williams was fourth in the second rankings.

The Argonauts hold the first overall selection in the draft.

Bishop's receivers Shawn Gore (10th) and Steven Turner (14th) are on the list for the first time after strong outings at the evalution camp. While Gore got his share of attention working against defensive backs, Turner raised eyebrows during both days of testing, posting a record time of 4.31 seconds in the 40-yard dash and a vertical leap of 43.5 inches, finishing just a half-inch shy of the record set in 2009 by former Gaiter, and now B.C. Lion, Jamall Lee.

Other E-camp participants cracking the top five include linebacker Cory Greenwood (third) from Concordia and offensive Lineman Joe Eppele (fifth) from Washington State.

The top 15 players, as ranked by CFL amateur scouting (previous ranking in parentheses):

1. Shomari Williams, LB, Queens (4)

2. John Bender, OL, Nevada (1)

3. Cory Greenwood, LB, Concordia (2)

4. Danny Watkins, OT, Baylor (3)

5. Joe Eppele, OT, Washingon State (11)

6. Rob Maver, P/K, Guelph (7)

7. Brian Bulcke, DL, Stanford (10)

8. Taurean Allen, DB, Laurier (13)

9. Eddie Steele, DT, Manitoba (12)

10. Shawn Gore, WR, Bishop's (NR)

11. Joel Reinders, OL, Waterloo (NR)

12. J'Michael Deane, OL, Michigan State (5)

13. Joash Gesse, LB, Montreal (8)

14. Steven Turner, WR, Bishop's (NR)

15. Cory Watson, WR, Concordia (6)


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