Carter O'Donnell (#64)
2019 Lieutenant Governor Athletic Award finalist and reigning Hec Crighton Trophy winner Adam Sinagra of the Calgary Dinos highlights a group of eight U SPORTS players on the initial prospect list released by the Canadian Football League’s Scouting Bureau Thursday in advance of the 2020 Draft.
Alberta Golden Bears offensive lineman Carter O'Donnell was ranked 11th in the first prospects list. He is the third-highest ranking U SPORTS athlete, and the third ranked offensive lineman.
O'Donnell was named a 2018 Canada West All-Star for the Bears, and a U SPORTS Alll-Canadian after starting all eight games at right tackle.
Of the eight U SPORTS standouts who cracked the first Top 20 rankings of the season, the first two come from the highly-successful Laval Rouge et Or program with offensive lineman Ketel Assé at No. 7 and linebacker Adam Auclair at No.8, respectively.
The first Scouting Bureau list also includes players from Alberta, Carleton, Montreal, Waterloo and Western.
Last May, Waterloo Warriors offensive lineman Jesse Gibbon was the first U SPORTS player selected in the CFL Draft when the Hamilton Tiger-Cats called his name at No. 2. After being left off last season’s first two prospect lists in August and December, Gibbon was ranked 14th on the final list released in April heading into the Draft.
Gibbon was one of three U SPORTS players who went in the opening round, along with Laval defensive lineman Mathieu Betts at No.3 to Edmonton and Windsor offensive lineman Drew Desjarlais at No. 4 to Winnipeg. In total, 52 U SPORTS players were selected in the 2019 CFL Draft out of 73 total picks (71.2 per cent).
The CFL Scouting Bureau releases its rankings three times each year, usually in the Fall, Winter and Spring. The Bureau is comprised of CFL scouts, player personnel directors and general managers from the league’s nine teams.
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