In advance of the CFL Draft, a pair of projected top five overall picks are hoping to be no-shows in Toronto. Among the attendees at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis are UNLV offensive tackle Brett Boyko and Yale RB Tyler Varga.
Projected to go at no. 1 overall to the Ottawa Redblacks in the CFL draft, Boyko is forecast as a late-round NFL draft pick despite a late-season elbow injury with UNLV and thus seeks to enhance his already decent chances of breaking into the big league. Boyko certainly possesses NFL size at 6’7”, 310 pounds; has amassed a CV which includes two all-Mountain West Conference selections at left tackle; and shows high football IQ thanks to his high-school experience at quarterback and on defense. The book on Boyko from TSN.ca goes so far as to note that “he’s not likely to end up in the CFL any time soon.”
The league’s official site forecasts Varga to be the top “skill player” taken overall, slotting him at no. 4 in the CFL.ca prospect listing. But after wowing draftniks in the 2015 Senior Bowl with a two-touchdown performance which may have put him “on the map significantly,” Varga might just spend the upcoming season on an NFL roster: Consensus seems to forecast Varga as a mid-round pick who could wind up on a special-teams unit, and at least one report has him ranked as the no. 2 fullback prospect in the draft.
CFLpass likes the dash of intrigue this adds the CFL draft. For example, with a goodly stock of offensive linemen available this year, will Ottawa simply wait for later rounds and grab the outstanding DL Daryl Waud at no. 1?
And what of the host Toronto Argonauts at no. 3? If Waud is off the board and Varga has been acknowledged as a future NFL draft choice, how do the Argos address the bombardment they’ve suffered this offseason? (The re-signed Curtis Steele’s looking at loads of work in ’15 for certain.)
Stay tuned, as they say…