CFL scouts size up Nebraska’s Kn­evel

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - SPORTS - TED WYMAN twyman@post­

David Kn­evel is a mas­sive man with big as­pi­ra­tions who will surely have eyes on the NFL and a great fall­back op­tion north of the bor­der.

The Nebraska Corn­huskers of­fen­sive line­man, who orig­i­nally hails from Brant­ford, Ont., was listed first on the CFL Scout­ing Bu­reau’s fall rank­ings, which were re­leased on Wed­nes­day.

A two-year starter at a ma­jor U.S. col­lege pro­gram, Kn­evel is six-foot­nine, 315 pounds.

He played in 10 games at right tackle in 2016 and helped the Huskers have the best of­fen­sive line in the Big Ten at pro­tect­ing the passer.

Kn­evel has the kind of size that is sure to get him looks in the NFL, as­sum­ing his se­nior year at Nebraska goes well.

If things don’t work out as well, he could be a first over­all pick in the CFL when the league holds its 2018 draft next May.

Kn­evel was one of 20 play­ers iden­ti­fied by the CFL Scout­ing Bu­reau on Wed­nes­day, and one of nine of­fen­sive line­men.

Ranked sec­ond is Con­necti­cut of­fen­sive line­man Trey Ruther­ford of Markham, Ont., and ranked third is Bowl­ing Green of­fen­sive line­man Ryan Hunter of North Bay, Ont.

Ruther­ford is six-foot-five, 312 pounds and he started seven games for the Huskies last sea­son, help­ing them to six 100-yard-plus rush­ing games. Hunter started 12 games for the Bowl­ing Green Fal­cons last sea­son and helped his team’s run­ning back to more than 1,000 rush­ing yards.

The top Cana­dian univer­sity prospect is de­fen­sive back God­frey Onyeka of Wil­frid Lau­rier, who hails from Bramp­ton, Ont.

Onyeka was a first-team all-Cana­dian in 2016 af­ter record­ing 40.5 tack­les, four in­ter­cep­tions (one for a touch­down), one forced fumble and one fumble re­cov­ery.

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