Concordia Stinger offensive tackle Maurice Simba holds down the No. 13 spot in the final scouting bureau rankings announced by the CFL today.
The six-foot-eight, 330-pound native of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo was ranked No. 11 in December and No. 18 last August.
The CFL list includes the top Canadian talent from U SPORTS and the NCAA. Simba ranked fifth among the players developed in Canadian university programs.
Simba has been on the CFL radar for a long time, but in 2018 he also attracted NFL interest. He participated in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. in January with about 200 scouts, player personnel staff, general managers and head coaches from the 32 NFL teams in attendance.
He also held a Pro Day in March that attracted scouts from the Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns. To date he has interviewed with 20 teams.
The NFL draft is a three-day event that takes place in Nashville, Tenn. April 25-27. Simba could be a late pick or sign as a free agent shortly after.The CFL draft is scheduled for May 2.
The fourth-year Leisure Sciences student is a two-time RSEQ all-star and in 2017 he was a U SPORTS second team all-Canadian. Simba also participated in the 2018 East-West all-star showcase last May in Quebec City.
The CFL Scouting Bureau releases a list of top 20 prospects eligible for the draft three times a year – August, December and April. The bureau is comprised of scouts, player personnel directors and general managers from the league’s nine teams.