Last week, we asked you fans which of the top prospects you thought had a shot at going first overall on May 12th when then 2015 CFL Draft takes place. As of this morning, the clear choice with ~30% of the total votes was Laval’s offensive lineman; Danny Groulx. Second to Danny in the poll was the ‘catch-all’ option, as 16% of voters expect to see the first pick to come from outside of the CFL’s combine top-5!
Let’s look at why Danny Groulx has caught your attention this draft-season. At 6-foot-6 and 325 lbs, Danny certainly has the frame to walk into any CFL squad and compete for a spot on the offensive line. Size is clearly not all that Danny brings to the table though as his athleticism at the CFL Combine really showed why he has consistently been ranked among the leaders of the 2015 class. The big man posted 21 repetitions on his bench press and an 8.03s 3-cone drill. As is usually the case with linemen though, the raw data was but a small part of what has gone into assessing Mr. Groulx’s stock. In his 1-on-1’s, Danny was able to control the line of scrimmage on nearly every rep. His inherent aggressive-nature is also an intangible that could be an asset on the field, provided that he possesses the maturity to keep himself in line in the eyes of CFL officials. Based on his CFL prospect profile linked here, Groulx looks to have the head on his shoulders to enter the CFL as a force from square one.
Here is a short compilation of Danny Groulx’s body of work with the Laval Rouge et Or:
The poll’s “Off the Board” designation, not surprisingly, was the second most selected poll response. Why isn’t this a surprise? Well, frankly it’s due to the sheer depth of the 2015 draft class. It is also partially due to the fact that we as fans can only speculate as to what the various league GM’s and coaches will be looking for. For example, Chris Ackie is currently sitting the CFL scouting bureau’s 12th position. The 6-foot-2, 210 lbs defensive back offers more than his testing numbers though, as the lanky back has the ability to transcend most positions in the defensive backfield. 2 other names not found on the scouting bureau’s list at all were: Tevaughn Campbell, and Shaquille Murray-Lawrence who each set digital-era 40-yard dash records at 4.36s and 4.41s, respectively (Murray-Lawrence ran first). Should scouts be looking to fill a lack of top-end speed or acceleration off the line, each of these prospects has a shot of being taken well ahead of where the current scout consensus puts them.
As is the case with any article that will undoubtedly posted leading up to the draft, these claims are purely speculative. As has been the case each year, on draft day (May 12th) we will know once and for all who gets the shot of their dreams as these young athletes get their names called to enter the CFL.