Wait, a Canadian in the NFL? Most have a preconceived notion on a Canadian, that their just not good enough to play in the NFL. Well, that is false. When at least one Canadian is in the NFL, it smashes that notion. As we currently speak, their are 18 Canadians that are in the NFL. It’s not a relatively high number, but I see that number rising in the next couple of years. Being born and raised in Ontario, I see most players signing with a CIS (Canadian University) Team. Canadian Universities are good programs, but I would like to see more Canadians like Chase Claypool and Neville Gallimore, who play at a D1 School in the States. The route is very difficult to make it to the NFL, from a CIS University. After playing at a CIS School, they hope to get drafted into the CFL. Then they really got to stand out, at the CFL level, in hopes to get a shot in the NFL. The road to make it to the NFL, is obviously more difficult for Canadians, than it is for Americans. They have the luxury of having D1 Teams all around them. Every Canadian should follow Chase Claypool and Neville Gallimore’s path to the NFL. They have set the standard.
Chase Claypool was born in Abbotsford, British Columbia, and had offers from several top Schools. He decided to sign with Notre Dame. He spent 4 years in South Bend. He was invited to the prestigious Senior Bowl, and then blew up the Combine with a 4.42 40 yard dash. Nobody expected Claypool to run that fast. Pittsburgh selected Claypool, in the 2nd Round, with the 49th pick, in this years Draft. It looks like the Steelers got a steal in Claypool.
Neville Gallimore a native of Ottawa, Ontario, decided to play for the Canada Prep Academy in St. Catharines, Ontario, which is not too far from where I live. Canada Prep, plays a full U.S. Schedule, in order for kids to get more exposure to D1 Schools. He was the first Canadian to be selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, but he was unable to play due to a knee injury. He had 30 offers from U.S. Schools, and decided to sign with Oklahoma. He spent 5 years in Norman. He like Claypool, was invited to the Senior Bowl. The Cowboys selected Gallimore in the 3rd Round, with the 82nd pick, in this years Draft. Pretty impressive for a guy that played in St. Catharines, Ontario isn’t it?
Chuba Hubbard RB – Oklahoma State
Hubbard, from Sherwood Park, Alberta, had many D1 offers including Alabama. He decided to sign with Oklahoma State. Hubbard, probably the most well-known Canadian in College Football, took the league by storm last year, carrying the ball 328 times, for 2,094 yards (which led the Country), and scored 21 Touchdowns. He was eligible for this years Draft as a RS Sophomore, but decided to return to School. Hubbard is the consensus RB3 in the 2021 Draft, behind Travis Etienne, and Najee Harris.
Jevon Holland S – Oregon
Holland was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, until age 8. Holland is a do-it-all Safety, who can play high, come down into the box, and also cover Slots. He finished last season with 66 tackles (4.5 for a loss), 4 pass breakups, and 4 Interceptions (1 returned for a Touchdown). He decided to opt out of this season, and has declared for the Draft. He’s in the running, to be the first Safety off the board next year.
Alaric Jackson OT – Iowa
Born in Windsor, Ontario, Alaric was known as “the other Iowa Tackle”, while Tristan Wirfs was their. Jackson started 10 games at Left Tackle last year, and missed 3 games due to injury. He was talked about as of one of the best underclassmen OT’s going into last season, so the potential is their. Keep an eye on him, as we progress through the Draft process.
John Metchie III WR – Alabama
Metchie has had a well travelled journey to Tuscaloosa. He was born in Taiwan, before moving to Ghana, and then Canada from the age of 6 until High School. He then traveled to the States to attend St. James School in Hagerstown, Md, before transferring to The Peddie School for his final prep season. He signed with Alabama as a 4 star WR prospect. He didn’t start any games last season as a true Freshman, with the Tide’s deep WR group, but did however, play in all 13 games, catching 4 passes for 23 yards. He had a coming out party on October 3rd against Texas A&M, catching 5 passes for 181 yards, and scored 2 Touchdowns. Not eligible until 2022, if Metchie continues to impress, he will be one of the top 5 WR’s off the board in the 2022 Draft. I really like his upside.
Josh Palmer WR – Tennessee
Palmer calls Brampton, Ontario his hometown. He appeared in 13 games with 12 starts last year, hauling in 23 catches, for 484 Yards, and 2 Touchdowns. He’s off to a hot start so far catching 15 balls, for 238 yards, and has 3 Touchdowns. Palmer is now the leader of that WR room, and he’s starting to ascend up Draft boards.
Jesse Luketa LB – Penn State
Luketa is from Ottawa, Ontario. He signed with the Nittany Lions, as a 4 star recruit, and was rated the 10th best ILB per 247Sports. He appeared in 12 games as a true Freshman in 2018, and played more of a role last year, by playing in all 13 games, and starting 2 of them. He finished his Sophomore campaign with 24 total tackles, and had 5 pass breakups. He should be a full-time starter this year, with Cam Brown gone, and Micah Parsons opting out. I think he will come back for his Senior Season, and will be in the 2022 Draft. With 2 strong years under his belt, he could be one of the top LB’s off the board in the 2022 Draft.
Tavius Robinson EDGE – Ole Miss
Robinson, is from Guelph, Ontario. After 2 years at the University of Guelph, Robinson has taken his talents to Ole Miss. Standing at 6’7 245 pounds, he’s already showing the College Football World what he’s got. In 4 games so far, he has 11 total tackles (0.5 for a loss). It’s very rare that you see a kid from a Canadian University, transfer to a Division 1 School in the States. I’m really excited to see how he develops over his time in Oxford. We could be looking at a future high Draft pick.