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August 30, 2018 | Football

Stinger tackle Maurice Simba will be heavily scouted this season.

Stinger lineman Maurice Simba on CFL radar

Concordia Stinger offensive tackle Maurice Simba is the 18th top prospect on the fall scouting bureau rankings released by the CFL today.

The six-foot-eight, 320-pound native of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been on the CFL radar for a long time. His size is definitely a big draw, but he’s also respected for his character.

“Maurice is coachable,” says Concordia offensive line coach Ted Karabatsos. “He applies what’s being taught. He’s a student of the game. He studies what he needs to do and he studies his opponents.”

There’s a lot of upside to drafting Simba. He’s a relative newcomer to the sport. He only started playing football after he moved to Canada six years ago.

Simba, 24, is also very personable. He’s gregarious and a positive force in the locker room.

Last season, he was named an RSEQ all-star and a U SPORTS second team all-Canadian. Simba also participated in the 2018 East-West all-star showcase.

The CFL Scouting Bureau releases a list of top 20 prospects eligible for the draft three times a year. For the 2019 draft, the rankings come out today, in December and in April. The draft is traditionally held in early May.

The bureau is comprised of scouts, player personnel directors and general managers from the league’s nine teams.