Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Who Excelled at the CFL E-Camp, and Could The Alouettes Have An Eye for These Prospects?

With CFL E-Camp now in the rear view mirror. All the teams will hunker down in their complexes, go over game film of the prospects, and re-assess their draft boards.

As for the Montreal Alouettes, I believe they came away content on their potential targets in this year’s selection process.

Here are two players that have increased their draft value that could be on the Alouettes draft board.

One player who had a solid weekend was Eastern Michigan defensive lineman, Jabar Westerman. At the listed size of 6’2, 285 pounds, he would add more depth to the team’s defensive line.

Even though he didn’t perform well in testing only mustering 22 repetitions on the bench press which was third lowest amongst his position group. He did run a respectable 40-yard dash in 5.16 seconds.

He displayed good agility in the one on one drills, by having an explosive first step off the football.

Remember, the Alouettes need to add some more non-import size to their ratio in the 3-4 defense, and Westerman fits the bill.

Another player to keep an eye out for is Queen's receiver, Giovanni Aprile who has solidified himself in this very deep draft at the receiver position.

Rightfully so, a lot of attention was bestowed on Laurier Golden Hawks pass catcher, Shamawd Chambers who wowed the scouts in attendance with his testing, and on field performance.

But since watching Aprile at the CIS East-West game in London, Ontario last May, he has continued to display the necessary traits to play at the next level.

He had a great weekend, performing well during individual testing by running a solid 4.61 in the 40-yard dash, and having the highest vertical jump of 39.5 inches. In the three cone drill considered very important by scouts he did better than Chambers by completing it in 6.54 seconds.

He might not immediately contribute as a receiver, but with his speed, he will help on special teams. For those who best remember the tough season of the Alouettes special teams, any help would be an upgrade.

Aprile is an excellent value pick, and could very put himself into consideration of potentially being chosen in the top-25 of the draft.

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