Gryphons shine at CFL Regional Combine

Donnie Egerter#125 working in 1-on-1s with Kyle Fraser-Audit (red camo helmet) and Curtis Rukavina (Argos jacket) watching Photo: Lou Toppan

Donnie Egerter#125 working in 1-on-1s, with Kyle Fraser-Audit (red camo helmet) and Curtis Rukavina (Argos jacket) watching
Photos: Lou Toppan

Guelph defensive tackle Donnie Egerter may have made the headlines – CFL.ca story Great Eight: Egerter among prospects moving on from Toronto – but it was a pretty good day all round for Gryphons at the CFL’s Toronto regional combine. It is something of an honour just to be invited to the regionals, and by no means a failure if a player doesn’t get “promoted” to the CFL National Combine presented by adidas. Jeff Finley, Alex Charette and Dan MacDonald are all Gryphons drafted in the past two years without advancing to the National event.

Some of the Gryphon highlights from the CFL.ca story:

TORONTO — The National Combine roster is set, as Guelph defensive lineman Donnie Egerter leads eight prospects that are moving on from Thursday’s Toronto Regional Combine.

Egerter was one of the top players to watch going into Thursday’s regional according to CFL.ca’s Justin Dunk, and the Guelph defensive lineman lived up to expectations by earning an invite to the weekend’s events in Toronto. He led all defensive linemen with 25 reps in the bench press, tying for second among all participants.

His greatest concern going in was the 40, in which he put up a 5.238.

“Last time I ran a 5.7 which was not good at all,” said Egerter after the day’s events. “I had a lot to prove to myself and the scouts. I’m very happy with that.”

Like Johnson, Egerter said as of now he’s planning on testing again.

“I have more to show,” he said. “I feel like I did improve from last year at the East-West Combine, but I feel like I can still do better so we’ll see in a couple of days how I do.”

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Not earning an invite but still impressing was Matthew Van Praet, whose 27 reps on the bench press led all participants, and A’dre Fraser, who led both the three-cone (6.81 seconds) and shuttle (4.25 seconds).

Fraser wasn’t the only Gryphon with a strong performance in more than one event. Colin Mandich and Ryan Nieuwesteeg both finished among the Top 5 in multiple tests. Mandich was tied for 2nd in the vertical [33″] and 4th in the 40 [4.536 sec]. Nieuwesteeg was the 2nd fastest player in the 40 [4.458], 2nd in the long jump [10’6.5″] and a 0.5″ away from being tied for second in the vertical.

Kyle Fraser-Audit was tied for 2nd in the Bench Press with 25 reps. I was also impressed with Matt Toppan’s 5.008 second 40 time. Toppan, who was invited as a fullback, and has shed 25 pounds since the end of the season, was faster, more explosive and more agile in the testing than the OUA’s 1st team All Star fullback while still being significantly bigger. I think Toppan has a real shot at being drafted or signed as a free agent.

The link to all the results from the Toronto Regional Combine. The testing at the CFL’s National Combine gets underway Saturday and continues on Sunday afternoon. You can follow the results here.

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