Feedback from the Toronto Combine

Last week Gryphons.ca had this review of the Toronto combine and rightly made note of the fact that long snapper Daniel MacDonald and kicker/punter Daniel Ferraro performed well and continued to impress CFL scouts. The complete Toronto Combine testing results are here.

Dan MacDonald running 40-yard dash Photo via Gryphons.ca

Dan MacDonald running 40-yard dash
Photo via Gryphons.ca

I heard from several sources that Ferraro was very consistent hitting all but one of his field goal attempts and making a long of 47. He was outstanding with his directional punting but still needs more distance. Ferraro participated in kicking only and not the physical testing.

Apparently MacDonald‘s long snapping couldn’t have gone any better as he “nailed” just about everything. He proved his athleticism with good testing numbers. A couple of CFL teams, in addition to those that had already been in contact with him, approached him after the workout.

Receiver Alex Charette had a very good day and impressed one CFL source enough to tell me that he now thinks Charette has a chance to be drafted in the later rounds. Other observers said  … he was excellent in the Gauntlet pass catching drill … Was able to separate from coverage in pass one-on-ones … thought he was the best route runner on the day …  Caught pretty much everything that was catchable.

I didn’t get any feedback from anyone who watched John Rush in the LB/RB one-on-ones but Rush tested well. In the past few years we’ve seen some outstanding OUA LBs with 40 times in the 5.10 – 5.16 second range not be able to catch on in the CFL. Rush ran a 4.94 sec 40 and put up a very impressive 21 reps in the bench. From a CFL source …  looked to be in peak shape and might have a chance to get picked late in the draft.

Defensive end Jordan Thompson did well among the D-Line group in agility drills. He had six reps in pass rush one-on-ones winning 3 of them and fighting to a draw in another. It wasn’t his best performance but not bad either for a player who sat out the 2014 season.

Jazz Lindsey did well in the speed and agility drills but did not participate in the bench press because his shoulder is still recovering from his November injury. He threw passes in the receiver drills but was clearly not back to 100% yet. Cam Walker had a solid performance on the bench press with 18 reps. Walker did not participate in anything else due to what Gryphons.ca said was “a mild groin injury”.

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Photos of some of the Gryphon players particpating in the Toronto combine – Dan MacDonald #5, Jordan Thompson #127, John Rush #95, Alex Charette #82 & Daniel Ferraro #14.

A big thank you to Jeff Chan for letting me share his photos. All the photos in this gallery are from Chan’s Queen’s Sports Photos album – 2015 CFL Toronto Combine.

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