Korte and Lawrence named to Canada West top prospects list

    Mark Korte and Justin Lawrence ranked inside the top 5 in Canada West's top CFL prospects

    By Canada West Communications on May 1, 2018

    Highlights:

    • The complete Canada West CFL Prospect rankings were released Tuesday, after the top five names were unveiled Monday
    • Among ranked players were Alberta offensive lineman Mark Korte (#2) and Justin Lawrence (#5) 
    • The rankings are voted on annually by CW coaches
    • A total of 19 CW players were selected in the CFL Draft a season ago

    EDMONTON – The complete Canada West CFL Prospect Rankings were released Tuesday ahead of Thursday’s CFL Draft, as the conference’s top prospects wait to hear which CFL team calls their name on draft night.

    The 20-player list was unveiled a day after the top five prospects were released in collaboration with 3 Down Nation. Voted on by coaches from the conference's six football programs, the rankings provide a glimpse into how the coaches view the top draft-eligible players from their Canada West competitors.

    CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON THE TOP FIVE

    In terms of team representation, the Calgary Dinos were the top squad, landing a total of six players on the list. The conference power had four players listed inside the top 10, as offensive linemen Darius Ciraco (No. 4), and Ryan Sceviour (No. 5) were joined by linebacker Micah Teitz (No. 6), and defensive linemen Brett Wade (No. 9).

    Both UBC and Regina came in just behind the Dinos when it came to players on the list, as five Thunderbirds and Rams made the cut, including No. 1 prospect Dakoda Shepley (OL) of UBC.

    Among the Regina products to crack the rankings was running back Atlee Simon, who at No. 7 represented the highest rated offensive skill position player in the rankings. Simon is coming off a terrific season in the Queen City, as he averaged 114 rushing yards per game, and finished second in the conference rushing race with 914 yards.

    SCOUTING BUREAU COMPARISON

    The CW CFL Prospect Rankings have some similarities with the CFL Scouting Bureau’s final rankings, which were released in the middle of April.

    CLICK HERE FOR THE FINAL CFL SCOUTING BUREAU RANKINGS

    A total of five CW players were ranked by the CFL Scouting Bureau, which is comprised of CFL scouts, player personnel directors and general managers from the league’s nine teams. UBC’s Dakoda Shepley was the top CW player in the Scouting Bureau rankings at No. 3, followed by Alberta’s Mark Korte at No. 6.

    NEXT CROP OF CFL STARS

    Last season a total of 19 Canada West players were selected in the CFL Draft. That total was the most for the conference ever in an eight-round draft, and second most al-time behind the 1985 draft, which saw 25 Canada West athletes selected in the nine-round affair.

    CLICK HERE FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF 2017 CW DRAFTEES

    Among the players selected in last year’s draft was Alberta’s Ed Ilnicki, who went 62nd overall to the Ottawa REDBLACKS. The Spruce Grove, Alta. native returned to Alberta last season for his fifth and final season with the Golden Bears. The running back made the most of another Canada West campaign, setting a conference single-season rushing record (1,468) en route to the Hec Crighton Trophy as the nation’s top university player.

    The CFL Draft is set for Thursday, May 3 at 6 p.m. MT (5 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. CT) with two-hours of coverage on TSN, with the later rounds available on TSN.ca and TSN GO.

    TOP 20 CANADA WEST PROSPECTS 

    #          POS    NAME                                  SCHOOL                   POINTS (first-place votes)

    1.         OL       Dakoda Shepley                  UBC                           123 (4)

    2.         OL       Mark Korte                         ALBERTA               122 (2)

    3.         OL       Darius Ciraco                       CALGARY                 114

    4.         OL       Ryan Sceviour                     CALGARY                 107*

    5.         OL       Justin Lawrence                  ALBERTA                  107

    6.         LB       Micah Teitz                           CALGARY                 102

    7.         RB      Atlee Simon                          REGINA                     95

    8.         DB      Dagogo (Will) Maxwell          UBC                           88*

    9.         DL       Brett Wade                            CALGARY                 88

    10.       S/HB   Jayden McKoy                      MANITOBA               82

    11.       REC   Marcus Davis                        UBC                           78

    12.       LB       Boston Rowe                       CALGARY                 74

    13.       REC   Will Watson                           UBC                           73

    14.       OL       Levi Hua                               UBC                           68

    15.       LB       Danny Nesbitt                       REGINA                     67

    16.       DL       Joel Van Pelt                        CALGARY                 58

    17.       REC   Mitch Thompson                  REGINA                     54

    18.       DL       Tristian Koronkiewicz          SASK.                         53

    19.       QB      Noah Picton                          REGINA                     52

    20.       DL       Eric Wicijowski                     REGINA                     46

    NOTES:

    • First-place vote worth 25 points, second-place 24 etc.
    • Higher ranking based on greater number of higher placed votes
    • Coaches rank all draft-eligible players excluding their own

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