THREE PLAYERS FROM TORONTO REGIONAL COMBINE INVITED TO THE NATIONAL CFL COMBINE
Melvin Abankwah, Louis Mensah and Matt Rea selected to attend the National Combine
TORONTO - The Canadian Football League held its third and final regional combine today in Toronto, resulting in the three players being invited to the CFL National Combine presented by Reebok in Toronto this coming weekend.
Melvin Abankwah, Louis Mensah and Matt Rea were extended an invitation to display their athletic abilities once again in front of CFL scouts, coaches, and management at the National Combine in Toronto, March 27-29.
Saint Mary's Huskies running back, Melvin Abankwah ran the fastest 40-yard time among running backs with a time of 4.69 seconds. Among the running backs group, the Etobicoke, Ont. native also posted the highest vertical (34"), longest broad jump (9'11.75"), tied for the fastest three-cone drill (7.12 seconds) and tied for first in shuttle time (4.22 seconds).
Linebacker Louis Mensah from Fort Lewis College ran the fastest shuttle time among his position group with a time of 4.41 seconds. The Toronto, Ont. native continued to showcase his speed by finishing tied for second in the linebacker group in the 40-yard dash by recording a time of 4.84 seconds. Mensah will join seven other linebackers at the National CFL Combine.
Michigan State running back, Matt Rea showed off his strength by recording 29 reps in the bench press, tied for the most in all three 2015 Regional Combines. Rea followed his strong showing in the bench press by tying the best shuttle time on the day with a time of 4.22 seconds. Rea will join Abwankwah and six other running backs at the National CFL Combine.
Overall, 45 players attended today's combine in Toronto and each athlete worked out in front of scouts from all CFL Teams. Click here to view the roster and results from the Toronto Regional Combine.
A total of 11 players have been added to the National CFL Combine roster from the three regional combines in Edmonton, Montreal and Toronto. There will now be a total of 51 players participating at the National CFL Combine.
For the full list of participants that will be at 2015 CFL Combine presented by Reebok, click here.
The 2015 CFL Combine presented by Reebok kicks off Friday afternoon with player arrivals, medicals and team interviews. On Saturday the players' strength, athleticism and flexibility will be tested at the Park Hyatt Toronto Hotel. The camp finishes on the football field at Varsity Centre at the University of Toronto campus on Sunday.
CFL.ca COVERAGE AND RESULTS
For the National CFL Combine Presented by Reebok, CFL.ca will provide live video coverage of the bench press on Saturday and the 40-yard Dash on Sunday.
CFL.ca columnists and Draft Insider, Justin Dunk along with Don Landry will provide analysis throughout the weekend including; daily reports, mock drafts, and stock assessments from the National Combine.
Here is the schedule of events for the National CFL Combine weekend:
Saturday, March 28
Park Hyatt Hotel (Queen's Park Room)
9:00 a.m. -- Bench press
1:30 p.m. -- Video shot, vertical jump and broad jump
Players will be made available to media after the morning session of testing and/or the afternoon session of testing.
Sunday, March 29
Varsity Centre Bubble
8:10 a.m. -- OL & DL: 40-yard Dash, Short Shuttle, 3-Cone, Individual & 1-on-1 Drills
9:40 a.m. -- Long Snappers & Kickers workout
10:00 a.m. -- RB, LB, QB, K: 40-yard Dash, Short Shuttle, 3-Cone, Individual & 1-on-1 Drills
12:10 p.m. -- WR & DB: 40-yard Dash, Short Shuttle, 3-Cone, Individual & 1-on-1 Drills
2:30 p.m. -- Combine Completed
Players will be made available by request after the completion of all testing.