The Canadian Football League Global scouting contingent has arrived in Belo Horizonte, Brazil where it will hold the second to last Global CFL Combine at the Centrol Esportivo Universo complex on Saturday, March 7.
In cooperation with the Confederação Brasileira de Futebol Americano, CFL Director of Global Scouting, Greg Quick, along with CFL CFO and Director of Football Operations Greg Dick, Senior Director of Football Operations Ryan Janzen and Lawrence Hopper from Football Operations, will evaluate 18 athletes hoping to be added to a CFL roster.
Felipe Pererira, Chief International Relations Officer for the CBFA:
“This feels terrific. I am certain there will be a couple of excellent prospects who will show well and get invited to the Combine in Toronto.”
The group started this incredible journey in Sweden and Finland and then moved on to France, Great Britain, Italy, and Germany and continued to Japan where two combines were held, one in Tokyo and the other in Osaka. Last week they assessed the talents of players from Denmark, Norway and the Czech Republic at the Danish combine. Following the combine in Brazil, they head to Mexico for the final stop on this historic worldwide tour.
These combines are designed to assess and measure the size, speed, athletic ability, and football skills of top players from outside Canada and the United States who have aspirations of playing professionally in Canada.
The 2020 CFL Combine will feature global prospects competing alongside their Canadian counterparts from U SPORTS, the NCAA and junior football. The league’s biggest scouting event will be followed by two separate drafts in the spring – one for global players and one for Canadians. These combines represent a tremendous opportunity for these players who would otherwise never have had a chance to showcase their skills in front of professional scouts.
In 2019, the CFL featured designated ‘global players’ from countries outside the U.S. and Canada on its nine member clubs – a first for the league. This coming season, the number of global players per team will grow from three to five.
So far, an initial total of 24 players was handed invitations to attend the CFL Combine and another 11 have been added.
|Last name||First name||Position||Team||Nationality|
|Rafael de Souza Loeschke||Bruno||WR, RB, KR, PR||Cuiabá Arsenal||Brazilian/German|
|Nunes Serra||Edwandson||WR, KR, PR||Universo Rednecks||Brazilian|
|Nogueira Montagner||Gabriel||DL, TE||Bulldogs Futebol Americano||Brazilian|
|Biteke Mayimona||Glodi||RB||Santa Maria Soldiers||Congolese/Brailian|
|Machado Moreira Pimentel||Lury||OL||Vasco Almirantes||Brazilian|
|Pedro Conrado Pereira||João||WR||Galo||Brazilian|
|Fracadosso Pais||Klaus||WR||Challengers FA||Brazilian|
|Alves Dias||Marcos||LB||Cuiabá Arsenal||Brazilian|
|Hércules Macedo de Souza||Marcos||DE||João Pessoa Espectros||Brazilian|
|Dias Fernandes Quevedo||Michael||DL/OL||Cuiabá Arsenal||Brazilian|
|de Oliveira Gonçalves||Tomás||WR||Rio Preto Weillers||Brazilian|
|Hugo Ferraz Souza||Victor||WR||Galo||Brazilian|
|Garcia de Oliveira||Wellison||RB/WR||Rio Preto Weillers||Brazilian|
|Eduardo Soares dos Santos||Yclen||DE||Rondonópolis Hawks||Brazilian|
7:30 am – Players arrival
8:00 am – CBFA Remarks
8:30 am – CFL Presentation
9:00 am – Registration & Measurement Circuit – Height/Weight, Hand/Arm, Video Shot (with Headshot)
9:45 am – Player Warm Up
10:00 am – Testing Circuit – Bench Press, Vertical Jump, 40’s, Short Shuttle, 3 Cone Drill, Broad Jump
12:00 pm – Positional Drills & One on One’s
12:00 pm – OL/DL Drills
12:10 pm – OL/DL One on one’s
12:25 pm – RB/LB Drills
12:35 pm – RB/LB One on one’s (Pass Protection & Routes)
12:50pm – WR/DB Drills
1:05 pm – WR/DB One on one’s
1:20 pm – CFL Closing comments
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Press Conference (Interviews with players, CBFA and CFL members)