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  • Writer's pictureWade Zanchetta

Invitational Watchlist

As the 2023 Combine circuit begins with the new format today in Waterloo, On. Connor and Wade discussed in Thursday's Episode of All-Canadian some of the players hey are most excited to see take the field and compete in the precursor to the National Combine on March 22nd-26th in Edmonton.

Antoine Dansereau-Leclerc - Laval

- After last year's explosion of athleticism from undersized receivers Gavin Cobb and Riley Boersma, Connor is especially curious to see how the Rouge et Or threat competes at today's events. Will he follow into the same trend or will he prove his worth in different ways today?

Antoine Dansereau-Leclerc
Photo Credit - Universite du Laval
Zakariya Karim - St. FX

- The St. FX speedster will have his chance to prove himself against DB's from around the country after a quiet end to his season with two catches agianst Saskatchewan in the Uteck Bowl. Look for Karim to fly in the 40-yard dash today as he brings a ton of raw talent to the combine.

Tyler Grisola - Toronto

- A staple along the University of Toronto's offensive line since 2019, Grisola is a people mover who can play multiple positions on the line. With a great frame, he is able to displace defenders frequently. Today he will be matchged with some tough interior lineman, but with a strong showing can make a case to add to the six offensive lineman on the roster in Edmonton.

Tyler Grisola
Photo from the OUA (Seyran Mammadov)
Jacob Biggs - Calgary

- A 2021 Can West All-Star, Biggs has the physical tools to make plays across the secondary. Similar to last year's Adrian Greene from Saint Mary's, he will match up well with different body ypes and play styles and show his versatility to the rest of the crowd. Both Connor and Wade have been waiting on Biggs to appear on the combine lists, now we will see if it was worth the hype.

Jacob Biggs
Photo Credit: University of Calgary
Donovan Burgmaier - Alberta

- The 6'5" defensive lineman from the Golden Bears was ineligible to compete in last years' West Regional Combine after a suspension from CCES. Regardless, this player has been on the All-Canadian Radar for years as he brings a ton of disruption to the defensive line and it will be interesting to see how he looks during the on-field drills today.

Cody Hale - Toronto

- This years Defensive Backs contain one major aspect that Connor and Wade both LOVE in their prospects - Length. Hale is no exception to this as the 6'3" Half uses his size well on the field to both support in the run game as well as make impact plays through the air. Expect him to have solid all-around testing today while having an above average Special Teams period.

Others to Watch For

- Franck Kemayou (Guelph) - Theo Grant (Queen's) - Malcolm Hinds (Western) - Samuel Chabot (Bishops) - Collin Kornelson (Manitoba) - Parker Hodel (Regina) - Caleb Morin (Saskatchewan)

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