Realty One

Saturday, December 8, 2018


By: Justin Dunk

Standout Saskatchewan Roughriders linebacker Sam Eguavoen is drawing plenty of suitors from south of the border.

The 25-year-old defender has 10 workouts scheduled with NFL teams with possibly more to come. Eguavoen worked out for the Miami Dolphins this week to begin the tour.

Any players who were in the CFL during the 2018 season became eligible to showcase their talents for teams down south on Dec. 1.

Eguavoen had the best year of his three seasons in the CFL during 2018. He made 81 tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles, one interception and scored two defensive touchdowns. Since signing with the Riders in 2016, Eguavoen has 159 tackles, 14 on special teams, four sacks, two forced fumbles, one interception and two majors in 38 games.

Eguavoen’s ability to be stout against the run, quick sideline-to-sideline and cover from the linebacker position fits well with the the current trends in the NFL, which have seen it become more like the CFL game.

NOTES: Dunk reported on 620 CKRM's SportsCage on Friday that free agent Rider DE Willie Jefferson will only accept an NFL tryout if it comes with a contract. ... Meanwhile OL Dakoda Shepley - who remains Saskatchewan property after being drafted in the 1st round of the 2018 CFL Draft - worked out with the Denver Broncos this week.


Rudyman said...

As much as it would be a big loss, this is great. I would love to have all our players good enough to be picked up in the NFL. It means we draft well, we sign unknown players well and we develop players well.

Same goes for the Pats.

IF the NHL wants them as 19/20 years old, good. It means we are developing good players with professional level skill sets.

Anonymous said...

Best of luck Sam!

Football Fan said...

Not all CFL players are the right fit for the NFL style of game, but LBs can also be good special teamers in the NFL. And since the NFL started looking at LBs who are smaller than the prototypical run stopping NFL LB some of our guys have become starting NFL LBs as well, see Jerrell Freeman. From our standpoint Moncrief can play at a higher weight so he could add 5 or 10 lbs and switch to the other side, and maybe Elam could fill his spot, but Elam is not appearing on our roster anymore. Does anyone know what the story is there? And, of course, Jones brought in Eguavoen, Moncrif and Elam and we know he'll be bringing more great prospects to camp this year.

Anonymous said...

Jeff Knox is also a free agent I believe, not sure how many more times he wants to go through the NFL process. He would be a welcome addition from this fans standpoint.