Monday, March 7, 2016
FIVE PROSPECTS EARN NATIONAL COMBINE INVITES
DJ Lalama, Alex Ogbongbemiga, Boyd Richardson, Nicholas Termansen and Brennan Van Nistelrooy were extended an invitation to display their athletic abilities once again in front of CFL scouts, coaches, and management at the National CFL Combine, March 11-13.
Manitoba linebacker DJ Lalama headlines today’s list. He was the top player to watch in Monday’s regional combine according to CFL.ca’s Justin Dunk, and he didn’t disappoint after placing fifth in the bench press and 3-cone drill.
The Manitoba product is joined by Calgary Colts defender Alex Ogbongbemiga as the two linebackers heading to Toronto next weekend. Ogbongbemiga didn’t excel in any one drill but did enough to earn a spot on next week’s roster.
While Boyd Richardson is the only defensive lineman heading to Toronto from Monday’s testing, it was his UBC teammate Nicholas Termansen putting up the most impressive numbers. Termansen, a 5-foot-11, 172-pound defensive back, placed in the top five in four different categories, including first place with a 39.5-inch vertical.
Termansen also tied for first in the broad jump while placing second with a 4.65 40-time.
Rounding out the selections is Okanagan defensive back Brennan Van Nistelrooy, whose blazing 6.95 seconds in the 3-cone drill topped all participants and would have ranked second overall at the National Combine in 2015.
Monday’s combine marked the fourth year in a row Edmonton has hosted a regional combine since its inception in 2013. Last year four players were selected to participate in the National Combine, with two of those players (Dexter Janke, Calgary and Quinn Lawlor, Montreal) being drafted and remaining on CFL rosters.
Overall, 41 players attended today’s combine in Edmonton and each athlete worked out in front of scouts from all CFL Teams. Click here to view the roster and all the results from the Edmonton Regional Combine.
The 2016 National CFL Combine presented by adidas kicks off Friday afternoon with player arrivals, medicals and team interviews. On Saturday the top prospects will showcase their strength in the bench press as well as their vertical jump inside the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport on the University of Toronto Downtown Campus.
The camp will conclude on Sunday at the Varsity Centre where the prospects will go through the 40-yard dash, short shuttle, 3-cone drill, Individual drills and one-on-ones.