For more on the players taking part we did an introduction to where they had come from.
In total the CFL has secured partnerships with a range of federations. They include Mexico, Germany, Austria, France, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Italy.
The Mexican players went into a separate ‘global’ players draft that has already been held.
How do they compare?
The CFL separated the Global players from the Canadian players when posting combine numbers on CFL.ca
Those numbers were a fairy mixed bag. The problem for the European players, as reported on 3downnation, was not being picked for the one on ones.
Age and experience may also be barriers for the European players. They tend to be slightly older than their Canadian counterparts.
Also, they tend to have played the 4 down version of the game. This does not have to be so much of an issue. Plenty of US based players have to learn the intricacies of the Canadian game.
What Happens Next
The league will hold a draft for ‘global’ players on the 11th April. The first overall pick has already been decided by a lottery.
Following that lottery the draft order will be:
- Hamilton Tiger-Cats
- Winnipeg Blue Bombers
- Montreal Alouettes
- Edmonton Eskimos
- Toronto Argonauts
- Saskatchewan Roughriders
- BC Lions
- Ottawa REDBLACKS
- Calgary Stampeders
That gives each of the nine teams a shot at any one of the 18 European players they may be interested in.
Being at the CFL combine. Being around pro coaches and athletes at this level. It all has to have been good for the players.
Whether they make it or not, the European players involved will have had a remarkable experience. They are the trailblazers. The first to ever do this from their countries. That is absolutely priceless.
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