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Sunday, March 24, 2019

CFL COMBINE WRAPS UP IN TORONTO

Osei-Kusi
(TORONTO) - The CFL Combine presented by New Era came to close Sunday afternoon in Toronto after a trio of regional combines and an impressive two days of events that tested top prospects from across Canada as well as global players on their speed, strength, and agility. General Managers, scouts and football personnel from all nine CFL teams were in the building to evaluate Canada’s top talent ahead of the 2019 CFL Draft, which takes place on May 2.

Receiver Chris Osei-Kusi, who played seven games for the Queen’s Gaels last year, ran a 4.47-second 40-yard dash to finish at the top of the class.

In addition to the 40-Yard Dash, prospects also participated in two speed and agility drills, the short shuttle and three-cone. They also completed the broad jump.

Manitoba’s Shai Ross had a fast day, finishing atop the leaderboard in the Broad Jump (11’5.50”) and the Short Shuttle (4.08 seconds), and coming second in the Three-Cone Drill with a time of 7.00 seconds.

Jay Dearborn, who Saturday recorded the third-highest vertical jump ever by a defensive back (42 inches), also finished well on Sunday. The Carleton Raven placed second in the Broad Jump (11’1.75”) and tied for fifth in the Three-Cone Drill (7.09 seconds).

Sunday was the second day of testing in a weekend full of tests and meetings for the prospects. Jonathan Harke demonstrated his strength with 32 reps of 225lbs in the Bench Press on Saturday morning at the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport.

Prospects also squared up to face each other in one-on-ones and positional drills that saw them strap on their pads to demonstrate their movement and let teams see them on the field.
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GLOBAL PLAYERS

On the final day of the Canadian Football League (CFL) Combine presented by New Era, 18 global players took to the field to showcase their speed, agility and football skills against the top Canadian prospects for the 2019 CFL Draft.

French running back Asnnel Robo led the global players with a 4.59 second time in the 40-yard dash at Varsity Stadium in downtown Toronto. Following him in the 40-yard dash was Italy’s Jordan Bouah who was clocked at 4.68 followed by Finland’s Kimi Linnainmaa and Germany’s Max Zimmermann who both registered a time of 4.73.

For full results from ‘Global’ players, click here.

In the broad jump, Thiadric Hansen from Germany led the group with a jump of 10’2.13″ following his 20 bench reps from Saturday afternoon’s session.

France’s Benajmin Plu completed his three-cone drill with a time of 7.15 seconds and a shuttle time of 4.31 seconds, leading all global competitors in the shuttle.

(CFL PR/Lucas Barrett)

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