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Discussion in 'Chicago Bears' started by Ojibway Bob, Mar 28, 2014.
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DAMN U JABF!!!! lol
LOL. We must have posted almost the same instant :-)
Hey, thanks for posting about this guy. I had not heard of him. But he does sound interesting.
no problem...I found out about him in one of the local daily newspapers.....I went through alot to post this...hahah had to find out my daily subscription number, sign up for the online news site, I downloaded the app on my phone then tried to paste the article from my app to the boards, wrong app so I DL another app, no worky so I came home and started it all over again....
I NEEDED TO SHARE THIS WITH MY BROTHER BEARS!!!!!
Historically the NFL has always ignored Canadian University football (CIS) as the level of play was too low to produce NFL calibre players (Izzy was a rarity). These days the CIS has improved its programs so much so that NFL teams are scouting the cream of the crop. It's getting to be a problem for CFL teams for if they draft a top player and he goes to the NFL, they receive nothing for their high draft pick. Every year a few of the best get NFL tryouts, especially linemen. Hockey traditionally gets the best of young Canadian athletes, but the big boys get too big and have to turn to football.
BTW, get used to pronouncing and spelling French-Canadian names. Quebec has some great football programs producing championship teams. This guy won't be the last.
Oh ya, this guy played for McGill. Guess where Trestman's Alouettes played their games - McGill. The Bears might have the inside track with him.
I used to travel to Montreal for business and as I remember McGill has really high academic standards. My guess is this guy is like the equivalent of a star player from Stanford, Northwestern, Harvard, etc.
This guy is a Medical student so he would have no problem with learning NFL I would imagine
I have absolutely no problem drafting a kid from Canada. I have always thought there could be some ripe fruit playing up there that gets ignored. I guess the only problem is that a Pro Career is already short enough, so 2 to 3 years of transitioning for a young American college player could actually be 3 or 4 years for a Canadian kid based on the differences of the game. I have no doubt this kid could have a very good chance at doing it. It's just a matter of how long you want to wait and how long he wants to put med school on hold. UIC or UC Med would be great places for him to study.
Do you think that the Canadian game is that much different than ours for an OT? I would assume that at worst it would be like bringing along someone from a smaller school who had not played Div I NCAA ball.
The yard off the ball gives the O-line a step on the defender, plus the pass rush and run blocking angles are subtly different. The players in the CIS are getting bigger, so that difference isn't what it used to be. For example, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats have more 300 lb. players than the Bears and six of those are ex-CIS players. Playing experience is often the other big difference as many Canadian kids take up football at later ages. There are leagues for kids, but hockey is far, far bigger. On the flip side, the three down game, smaller rosters, big field and short play clock produces big men with excellent cardio. Notice the absence of a beer gut.