Concordia Stinger offensive tackle Maurice Simba has accepted an invitation to take part in the Kansas City Chiefs rookie minicamp next weekend.
Under league rules, NFL teams may hold a three-day camp on one of the first two weekends after the draft. The camps serve to help first-year players, who were drafted or signed as free agents, take the first steps towards a professional career.
Simba, who checks in at six-foot-eight, 335 pounds, joins a long list of Concordia players who have attended NFL camps:
1996 - wide receiver Denis Montana (Houston Oilers)
1999 - receiver Sylvain Girard (Cleveland Browns)
2002 - punter Burke Dales (Pittsburgh Steelers)
2006 - defensive tackle Sammy Taulealea (Dallas Cowboys)
2010 - offensive lineman Kristian Matte (Houston Texans)
Two Stingers have attended camps and made NFL rosters. Cornerback Mark Montreuil was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the seventh round, 237th overall, in 1995. He went on to play three years in the NFL.
Linebacker Cory Greenwood signed a free agent contract in 2010 and went on to play three seasons in the Kansas City organization.
Simba’s stock rose considerably after he participated in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. on Jan. 19. There he was a first team lineman and he was selected by head coach Mike Tice as one of the captains of the National Team.
The fourth-year Leisure Sciences student originally from Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo is a two-time Quebec conference 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 will hold its annual draft on Thursday, May 2. Simba is expected to be a high draft pick.