All-Canadian linebacker Mickael Côté and running back Tanner Green from the Concordia Stingers football team have been selected to participate in the 2018 CFL national combine that gets under way Friday in Winnipeg.
They will have the opportunity to show off their talents before the scouts, coaches and general managers in an effort to convince them they are ready to play in the CFL. A good showing will help get them on the radar as the pro teams prepare to make their selections at the 2018 CFL draft on May 3.
Côté, a senior from St. Hilaire, Que., is considered a top prospect for the upcoming draft. He received an invitation to go directly to Winnipeg. He did not have to qualify at a regional event.
In 2017, the second team U SPORTS all-Canadian and RSEQ all-star, was the leading tackler in the conference. In seven games, he had 40 solo tackles and 21 assists for a total of 50.5 or an average of 7.2 a game. He also had three sacks.
Green tested at the CFL western regional combine on Thursday. He was one of three players selected to advance to the national event this weekend.
Green joined the Stingers in 2016 after wrapping up his career with the Central Alberta Buccaneers in the Alberta Football League. In two years at the university level, he played in a total of 11 regular season games. He earned respect for his blocking and special teams play. The Lacombe, Alta. native received the Ricky Zieba Award as the Stinger with the best work ethic for his efforts in the 2016 season.
The players will begin the combine with a series of body measurements and interviews with personnel from the CFL teams. Then they have two days of intense physical testing and drills that includes the bench press, 40-yard dash, three-cone drill, 20-yard short shuttle, vertical jump and broad jump. As well there’s individual player and one-on-one drills.
CFL.ca will broadcast several of the events live:
- 40-yard dash – Saturday at 11 a.m. ET
- Bench press – Saturday at 8 p.m. ET
- Player drills – Sunday at noon ET