Onyeka, Guzylak-Messam among Top 20 CFL prospects

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Jamie Howieson
Laurier Athletics

TORONTO, ON – A pair of Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s football players find themselves among the Top 20 prospects for May’s CFL Draft as the league announced its final Scouting Bureau rankings on Thursday.

Defensive backs Godfrey Onyeka of Brampton, Ont., and Isaiah Guzylak-Messam of Hamilton, head into next month’s draft ranked 10th and 20th respectively after showcasing their skills at last month’s CFL Combine.

Onyeka, who was ranked sixth in the December rankings, falls four spots as a pair of offensive lineman and receivers jumped ahead of the 6-foot-2, 200-pound arts major in the final rankings. Despite the drop, Onyeka ranks fourth among all U SPORTS prospects, and remains the top-ranked defensive back.

Meanwhile, thanks to an impressive performance at the CFL Combine, Guzylak-Messam vaults into the Top 20 prospects as the third-ranked defensive back and 13th among U SPORTS prospects.

According to mock drafts, Onyeka continues to project as a first round selection while Guzylak-Messam is seen as a potential second round pick.

A total of 16 schools are represented on the list, with only two schools (Calgary and Laurier) having multiple players on the list. Nine U SPORTS schools and seven NCAA schools are represented in the rankings.

The CFL Scouting Bureau releases its rankings three times each year: in August, December and April. The Bureau is comprised of CFL scouts, player personnel directors and general managers from the league’s nine teams.


1 (3)    Ryan Hunter    OL    Bowling Green    North Bay, ON
2 (10)    Mark Chapman    REC    Central Michigan    Port Huron, Michigan
3 (11)    Dakoda Shepley    OL    UBC    Windsor, ON
4 (2)    Trey Rutherford    OL    Connecticut    Markham, ON
5 (1)    David Knevel    OL    Nebraska    Brantford, ON
6 (12)    Mark Korte    OL    Alberta    Spruce Grove, AB
7 (4)    Peter Godber    OL    Rice    Toronto, ON
8 (5)    Julien Laurent    DL    Georgia State    Toronto, ON
9 (7)    Rashaun Simonise    REC    Okanagan (CJFL)    Vancouver, BC
10 (6)    Godfrey Onyeka    DB    Laurier    Brampton, ON
11 (13)    Jackson Bennett    DB    Ottawa    Cumberland, ON
12 (15)    Andrew Pickett    OL    Guelph    Kitchener, ON
13 (18)    Ryan Sceviour    OL    Calgary    Calgary, AB
14 (9)    Darius Ciraco    OL    Calgary    Burlington, ON
15 (8)    Régis Cibasu    REC    Montreal    Kinshasa, Congo
16 (-)    Bo Banner    DL    Central Washington    Bellingham, WA
17 (-)    Daniel Petermann    REC    McMaster    Stoney Creek, ON
18 (-)    David Mackie    RB    Western    Jackson’s Point, ON
19 (-)    Micah Teitz    LB    Calgary    Calgary, AB
20 (-)    Isaiah Guzylak-Messam    DB    Laurier    Hamilton, ON

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