2016 CFL Toronto Regional Combine Analysis by Dan McLaughlin aka Childress
With the third regional combine now completed, you will find here another analysis of the players' measurable results as compared to the lowest results by drafted players still in the 2014 CFL Draft
Of the three regional combines, this was the worst testing defensive back group. All defensive backs in Toronto had multiple weaknesses. By comparison, the Montreal combine had seven players with fewer weaknesses and Edmonton had four with fewer weaknesses. In spite of this, the CFL has invited Malcolm Brown to the main combine. He only had 2 weaknesses which tied for the best of the Toronto defensive backs.
Again, this group as a whole was very weak when compared with the linebacker groups from the other two combines. In Montreal, all 8 of the linebackers tested had 1 or 0 weaknesses. In Edmonton, all five met the same standard. In Toronto, only one of the 7 linebackers tested had 1 or fewer weaknesses. Kevin Jackson is that player, an he has been invited to move on to the main combine. According the testing data, he was clearly the best choice.
The defensive line group in Toronto was stronger than the other defensive groups. Two of the players tested had no weaknesses. Which was similar to the Edmonton group and much stronger than the Montreal group. Both players without weaknesses, John Biewald and Michael Kashak, will advance to the main combine, to go along with Donnie Egerter who surprised as he showed three weaknesses in the testing numbers.
Toronto had three top testing offensive linemen with regards to testing numbers and they join three from Edmonton as players that did not have any weaknesses. Surprisingly, none of them have advanced to the main combine. Perhaps they may still become a free agent signing as their numbers were very good. Also surprising is that none of the offensive linemen at the regional camps were invited to the main camp.
This again was not as strong a group as found at the other two regional combines. The other two combines did not have a single player among the ten tested who had more than one weakness. In Toronto, four players had multiple weaknesses. Toronto did have two who tested well in Tarrence Crawford and Nathan O'Halloran. O'Halloran does receive an invitation to compete at the main combine.
As I am analyzing the numbers from all three combines, I am seeing that there are only two players with multiple weaknesses out of the 26 receivers tested. That may mean that the bar is set pretty low in their evaluations. For my next evaluation, I may eliminate the least athletic receiver from my 2014 data in an effort to get more discerning data. With that said, Jamal Kett and Shaquille Johnson have both been invited to the main combine. Johnson's 4.391 40 yard time is the best from all regional combines, so it is easy to understand why teams were interested in seeing more of him.