Last year the Kansas City Chiefs took a shot on Concordia (Canada) LB Cory Greenwood after he was selected third overall in the CFL Draft. Greenwood ended up sticking with the Chiefs all year, playing an important role on special teams. With the CFL Draft coming this weekend, there are some players that the NFL is keeping tabs on, including LB Henoc Muamba who is represented by Greenwood’s agent.
Rice offensive lineman Scott Mitchell, ranked No. 1 on the CFL Scouting Bureau prospect list, held a pro day that was attended by 12 NFL teams. Calgary receiver Anthony Parker, ranked just behind Mitchell, was invited to take part in this year’s East-West Shrine Game, which is a college all-star game scouted heavily by NFL teams. Fellow Calgary receiver Nathan Coehoorn visited with representatives of the Indianapolis Colts when they came to a Dinos practice last year.
What scares CFL teams is that the NFL lockout could end at any time and as soon as it does teams will be able to sign free agents. If Parker, Coehoorn or Mitchell get a NFL offer before signing a CFL contract — which locks in a player for a minimum of two years — then he will likely head south.
This year, CFL general managers must also deal with defensive lineman Vaughn Martin, who is the first Canadian underclassman to be picked in the NFL draft. The San Diego Chargers took him in the fourth round in 2009.
Players are eligible to be selected by CFL teams four years after they start university, which means Martin, who played at the University of Western Ontario before heading to southern California, is eligible to be drafted on Sunday.
Would the Chiefs think about going back to the well of Canadian talent? Considering how rare it is that the NFL gets players from up north, it’s not likely that Scott Pioli and Todd Haley will try it again, but Muamba could be a name to remember considering he has the same agent as Greenwood.