The top Canadian rankings for the 2011 CFL draft came out on Tuesday and the list is heavily dominated by the offensive side of the ball.
No. 1 ranked Philip Blake heads the list of seven lineman, while the University of Calgary Dinos had wide receiver Nate Coehoorn, slotback Anthony Parker and running back Matt Walters all ranked in the top 15.
Blake, a 6-foot-3, 315-pound junior from Toronto, helped the Baylor Bears finish with a 7-5 record in the Big 12, earning a trip to the Texas Bowl against Illinois on Dec.29.
Coehoorn, Parker and Walters were all members of a Calgary team that lost 29-2 to the University of Laval in the Vanier Cup on Nov. 27.
At No. 3, Parker is the top skill position player on the list and the highest ranked Canadian Interuniversity Sport player. The 6-foot-2, 215 pound wide out had 22 catches for 367 yards and two touchdowns in five games during a season cut short by injury.
Including Blake, there are four other Canadians in the CFL top 15, currently playing Division I football in the U.S.
They are: Scott Mitchell (OL) Rice, Tyler Holmes (OL) Tulsa, Moe Petrus (OL) Conneticut and Renaldo Sagesse (DL) Michigan.
Although defensive tackle Vaughn Martin is eligible for this year’s draft, he was a fourth-round pick (113th) by the San Diego Chargers in 2009. The 6-foot-4, 330 pound product of the Western Mustangs has six tackles and one sack in the NFL this year.
The top 15 prospects in order are:
- Philip Blake (OL) Baylor, 6-foot-4, 305 lbs
Versatile player with good feet. Moved from centre to right tackle in the off-season.
- Scott Mitchell (OL) Rice, 6-foot-4, 295 lbs
Very durable player. Started every game for the Owls since midway though his freshman season. Earned Second Team USA All-Star in 2009.
- Anthony Parker (SB) Calgary, 6-foot-2, 215 lbs
Could be the most impactful player in the CIS.
- Vaughn Martin (DT) Western, 6-foot-4, 330 lbs
Wasn’t eligible for the CFL draft last year and was picked by the Chargers instead. In 17 career games with San Diego, he has 11 tackles and one sack.
- Tyler Holmes (OT) Tulsa, 6-foot-4, 330 lbs
Son of former CFL running back Richard Holmes. Possesses great strength, size and is very coachable.
- Moe Petrus (OL) Conneticut, 6-foot-2, 292 lbs
Versatile, plays both centre and guard. In 2008, he was named Sporting News Freshman All-American.
- Nathan Coehoorn (WR) Calgary, 6-foot-2, 220 lbs
Two-time All-Canadian. Has good speed and size and is highly rated in the receiver corps.
- Matt O’Donnell (OL) Queen’s, 6-foot-10, 329 lbs.
Fantastic size and strength. Spent the summer in Florida working on his game.
- Renaldo Sagesse (DL) Michigan, 6-foot-4, 289 lbs
Never started with the Wolverines but rotated around the defensive line.
- Henoc Muamba (LB) St. Francis Xavier, 6-foot-0, 230 lbs
Voted top defensive player in the Atlantic University Sport conference as a sophomore in ’08.
- Hugh O’Neill (PK) Alberta, 6-foot-2, 185 lbs
Scored 58 points this year with a field-goal conversion rate of 72.2%. He went 13-18 in field goals, with 42-yards being his longest.
- Pascal Baillargeon (OL) Laval, 6-foot-5, 300 lbs
Played in the East-West game in May and garnered a lot of attention from scouts.
- Anthony Barrette (OL) Concordia, 6-foot-5, 320 lbs
Named to the 2010 CIS second all-star team in November.
- Matt Walter (RB) Calgary, 5-foot-10, 210 lbs
Has good speed and good balance. Known as a student of the game.
- Jade Etienne (WR) Saskatchewan, 6-foot-3, 160 lbs
Joined the Huskies as a kicker in 2007 but convinced coaches to let him play receiver. Going into this season, he had two catches but caught 28 balls for 712 yards in seven games, an average of 103 yards per game and was named first team all Canadian.