McGill's Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who won the J.P. Metras Award this year, tops the CFL's list.The latest edition of the CFL Scouting Bureau's top 15 prospects for this year's Canadian draft shares many similarities to September's, as there are only three different players on it, but what's interesting is how the positional divide has become stratified. The fall list had four offensive linemen, three receivers, one defensive lineman, four linebackers and three defensive backs (seven offensive players, eight defensive), but players from each position were rather scattered throughout the list. By contrast, this list has clear divides: it's now nine defensive players to six offensive players, but the same four offensive linemen are there, and they're now in four of the top five slots, with the lone remaining spot occupied by the sole receiver left on the list. Thus, despite the increased number of defensive players in the rankings, all the top spots have gone to offensive players. Here's the list, from CFL.ca:
he CFL Scouting Bureau's January 2014 rankings have lots of defensive players.
With four of those top five players being offensive linemen (three who were there in September and SFU's Matthias Goosen, who jumped up from #15 to #5), it's clear that the Scouting Bureau (which is a collection of rankings from CFL scouts, player personnel directors and general managers) is high on linemen. This makes some sense; in recent years, we've seen plenty of top CIS linemen make an impact at the CFL level very quickly, including Saskatchewan's Ben Heenan (the top pick in 2012, he served as a backup for most of his first season, but was a starter for the Riders for much of 2013, including starting at right tackle in this year's Grey Cup) and Calgary's Brett Jones (the 16th overall pick in 2013, he started at centre for the Stampeders all year and won the league's top rookie award). Meanwhile, even some of the best receivers and defensive players taken from the CIS ranks haven't made much of an impact in the pros thus far. Each year and each player is different, though, so scouts might want to be careful here; just because plenty of linemen have done well quickly recently and several receivers and defensive players haven't, that doesn't mean it's always better to take a lineman.Read More »from January edition of the CFL Scouting Bureau list is heavy on defensive players, but not at the top