(Hamilton, ON) – The CFL’s Scouting Bureau has released the latest player rankings of the top-20 prospects eligible for the 2018 CFL Draft. This year’s draft will take place May 3.
Windsor’s Dakoda Shepley lands behind only NCAA recruits OL Ryan Hunter, of North Bay, and Port Huron’s WR Mark Chapman, in the number three spot. Shepley, an OL product of the UBC Thunderbirds, jumped eight spots on the rankings since December.
Though No. 3 on the final ranking, Shepley is projected, by TSN’s Marshall Ferguson, to be selected first overall to the Montreal Alouettes.
At the national combine, Shepley elevated himself above other participants when he pumped 27 reps of 225lbs. He also posted the fastest 40 time from amongst all the offensive linemen. Shepley clocked in at 5.27 seconds.
“[Shepley] ran well with good size, plays the game with a savvy beyond his age and appears ready to make a roster quickly,” Ferguson assessed Shepley’s performance. “Shepley is impressive for a variety of reasons which continues to only help his case.”
While with the Thunderbirds, Shepley was named a Canada West All-Star in 2017.
The Holy Names graduate lines up to the right of the ball and patterns his play after Joe Thomas of the Cleveland Browns, but followed the Detroit Lions while growing up.