CFL National Combine

CFL combineThe final results from this past week’s CFL National and Regional Combines are in. There were some impressive performances, including several new records on Saturday and Sunday. Lots of players by their testing numbers established themselves as above the threshold of athleticism required to play in the CFL, even the NFL.

The record for the 40-yard dash fell on Sunday with Univ of Regina DB Tevaughn Campbell covering the distance in 4.35 seconds. Laurier DB Chris Ackie set a new record in the broad jump at 10’11-1/2″. Ackie also had the highest vertical at 40″. One player who really impressed me with his testing numbers was UdeMontreal LB Byron Archambault. He led all players with 41 reps in the bench and a 4.18 second time in the shuttle.

A couple of Gryphon tidbits: While Ackie’s broad jump may go down in the record books as best all-time at the E-Camp/National Combine he didn’t beat the 11’0″ distance that Saxon Lindsey jumped at last year’s Toronto combine. Also, had Jordan Duncan run his 4.12 second shuttle in 2015 instead of at the 2012 E-Camp he would have had the #1 time.

Another unusual and unscheduled performance from a Gryphon was among the more impressive. Former QB and now Sportsnet/CFL.ca reporter Justin Dunk responded to a Twitter challenge from media peers. He took to the bench in his street clothes and pumped out 9 reps at 225. Talk about #farmboystrong. You can view the Twitter exchange that led up to Dunk’s feat and see the video evidence here.

Dunk Bench

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Former Gryphon player and coach and current Blue Bombers GM Kyle Walters shared his impressions of the Combine with the Winnipeg Sun;

What to do at number two?

That’s the thought that will be bouncing around the head of Bombers general manager Kyle Walters until the draft is held on May 12. If he was unsure what to do with the second overall pick before the CFL combine held here over the weekend, he was even more so after watching this year’s talented draft class.

“There’s a lot more questions than answers now,” Walters said under the bubble at the University of Toronto’s Varsity Stadium after the action had wrapped. “It’s good. You take it all in, and a million different scenarios go through as you’re watching.

And from the Winnipeg Free Press – Previewing potential picks

Winnipeg Blue Bombers GM Kyle Walters will get his last best chance this weekend to figure out what he’s going to do with a particularly enticing bounty of draft picks the Bombers hold for the 2015 CFL Draft in May.

The Bombers own three picks in the first two rounds of this year’s draft — the second, 11th and 15th overall picks — plus three more picks at Nos. 33, 38 and 46.

Add in the fact this year’s draft is considered unusually deep and bountiful and the Bombers are going to be particularly keen observers this weekend at the CFL National Combine,

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