All22’s 2023 CFL Global Draft specialist top 10 prospect ranking

The Canadian Football League’s Global program will enter its fourth season in 2023, giving players from outside Canada and the United States a chance to carve out a professional career.

This year’s Global Draft will take place on Tuesday, May 2 at 11 am ET, featuring two rounds of selections. In total, over 70 foreign-born players are eligible for selection. Yesterday, we unveiled the top 20 Global position players available for selection, as graded by scouts from All22’s – Global Scouting Network. With draft day only a day away, All22 have provided AFI with their top 10 international specialist prospect ranking.

1. Adam Korsak, Rutgers University (Australia)

The 2022 Ray Guy winner as the top punter in college football, Korsak boasts a 42.5-yard career net average over five seasons with the Scarlet Knights. His consistent ball placement has resulted in 153 punts inside his opponent’s 20-yard line and a return percentage of 10.7 last season. He is a likely NFL Draft selection or priority free agent, reducing his CFL stock.

2. Lou Hedley, University of Miami (Australia)

A three-time Ray Guy semi-finalist and one-time finalist, Hedley has become a cult hero with the Hurricanes for his tattooed appearance and booming leg. He boasts the highest career net average of any CFL eligible player at 42.6 yards, and an average hang-time of 3.96 seconds over 251 punts. Nonetheless, he is only viewed as a fringe NFL prospect at 28 years old.

3. Rhys Byrns, University of Louisiana (Australia)

A four-time All-Sun Belt selection – the last two of which were on the first-team – Byrns has posted a career net average of 40.2 yards per punt. With 95 punts placed inside his opponent’s 20-yard-line in five years with the Ragin’ Cajuns, he has the accuracy to match his leg strength.

4. Tom Hutton, Oklahoma State University (Australia)

The oldest player in college football this past season at 32 years old, Hutton is coming off an injury-shortened 2022 campaign. He has a whopping career average hang time of four seconds – higher than any other prospect – and has placed 103 kicks inside the 20-yard line.

5. Josh Watts, University of Colorado (Australia)

Left without a team last year after leaving Colorado, Watts’ final season with the Bisons was one for the ages. He averaged 47.8 yards per kick with a net of 39.5 and an impressive hang time of 4.06 seconds, with the ability to consistently place kicks at the next level.

6. Jamieson Sheahan, University of California-Berkley (Australia)

One of the youngest available punters at 25 years old, Sheahan has averaged 43.4 yards per punt and 39.8 yards net for his career. While he has landed just 40 punts inside his opponent’s 20-yard line, his career 27.7 return percentage shows good placement.

7. Xavier Subotsch, Appalachian State University (Australia)

A five-year contributor for the Mountaineers who graduated in 2021, Subotsch has a smaller leg than other punters in this class, but has good placement with just 29 percent of his career kicks returned. He has a 38.5-yard career net average and 3.82 seconds of hang time.

8. Orlando Fernandez, Mississippi Valley State University (Mexico)

The best three-tool kicker available, Fernandez has handled punts, kickoffs and field goals for the past three seasons with the Delta Devils. He averaged 41.3 yards per punt, 57.2 yards per kickoff, and connected on 20-of-36 career field goals, including a 50-yarder, but can’t be considered elite in any one category.

9. Luke Magliozzi, Troy University (Australia)

Out of football last season, Magliozzi last suited up in 2021 with the Trojans after transferring from UConn. In three seasons, the hulking six-foot-three, 222-pound punter notched a net average of 38.7 yards and 3.8 seconds of hang time.

10. Trent Schneider, University of South Florida (Australia)

Last active in 2020, Schneider set six punting records at USF and booted 51 kicks of over 50 yards – nearly a third of all his career attempts. The 33-year-old also handled kickoff duties early in his career, averaging 54.5 yards per kick.

About All22

In a relatively short space of time, All22 has become one of the top scouting services for non-North American players. Since launching in 2021, All 22 has become a leader in verified data collection and talent evaluation in the international football marketplace. 

All22 also helps identify players who may not have received as much attention from other sources, providing teams and those players a greater opportunity. Their latest focus is on the upcoming CFL Global Draft.

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Daniel Mackenzie is a Press Association graduate who works in journalism and communications in the third sector. Daniel began playing football for the London Warriors and Team Great Britain and has since played across Europe.