The combine, presented by PlayerLayer
, will evaluate the athletes’ athletic ability through combine drills (laser-timed 40 yard dash, vertical and broad jump, pro-agility and three cone drill, bench press) as well as positional drills on the field.
Great Britain Men’s head coach Jason Scott spoke of his pride at launching this new initiative with the CFL for 2024. He commented: “It’s great to partner with the CFL to give our athletes an opportunity to showcase their skills, abilities and athleticism.”
“I firmly believe that we have some of the best players in Europe, and this will give them an opportunity to put themselves in the shop window for both the CFL and other European professional leagues.
“We are committed to growing the game in the United Kingdom, and developing the first BAFA National Programme combine is another feather in our cap.”
Quarterback Louis Benzey at a recent Great Britain Men’s camp. Image courtesy of Brandon Hattiloney.
Fifty athletes were selected following consultation with BAFA National Programme Coaches and CFL executives to find players who best fit the profile of draft prospects – both for this year’s combine, and for future talent identification.
While the typical age range for CFL prospects is between 23 and 26, National Programme coaches have widened their combine selection to showcase the quality of athletes within our programmes, selecting athletes from 18 to 28 years of age.
The CFL’s Senior Coordinator of Global Scouting Lawrence Hopper added: “Every year, the Canadian Football League looks forward to working with BAFA to identify and evaluate the top athletes the UK has to offer for an opportunity to compete for a CFL roster spot.
“We have had tremendous success in previous years, as the combine has introduced athletes that have gone on to get drafted and play in the CFL, such last year’s 18th overall Global draft pick Emmanuel Falola.
“We’re excited to see who will separate themselves and take advantage of the opportunity this year.”
The full list of invited athletes, all members of Great Britain’s Men’s and U19 programmes, can be found below: