Men’s Football News

Mathieu Betts, a defensive end from the Laval Rouge et Or, is the top-ranked player on the final prospect list released Friday by the Canadian Football League’s Scouting Bureau in advance of the 2019 Draft.

It’s the first time a U SPORTS product has been ranked No.1 heading into the draft since Manitoba’s David Onyemata – who has played the last three seasons with the NFL’s New Orleans Saints – topped the final rankings in 2016.

Betts, ranked No.2 on the first list released in August before moving up to No.1 on the second list in December, was named the nation’s top down lineman for the third consecutive season. He became the first player in history to claim the J.P. Metras Trophy three times and the first to win four major U SPORTS awards during his career, after being named Rookie of the Year in 2015.

With nine sacks in only six regular season games this fall, Betts dominated the RSEQ in that category for the fourth time in as many years and set a Quebec conference record with 35.5 career sacks. Unsurprisingly, his nine sacks and 14 tackles for losses, both U SPORTS highs, earned him a spot on the first All-Canadian team for the fourth straight season, en route to a Vanier Cup title.

“Mathieu is simply dominant. So explosive that he’s able to change the outcome of a game on his own, and he’s done it again this year,” said Rouge et Or head coach Glen Constantin. “He’s also a great teammate. He’s humble, supports all the guys around him and helps create a fun atmosphere around the team. He makes his teammates better, both with his play and his attitude.”

Betts was also selected to take part in the prestigious East-West Shrine Game in January – one of two university All-Star Games held in the United States that U SPORTS Scouting Bureau prospects participated in this season – along with teammate Alexandre Savard and Concordia’s Maurice Simba, who played in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

In total, 11 U SPORTS stars cracked the April Scouting Bureau list, including players from Laval, Laurier, Windsor, StFX, Concordia, Waterloo and UBC.

Fifty-six U SPORTS players were selected in the 2018 CFL Draft out of 69 total picks (81.2 per cent), including four in the first round.

The CFL Scouting Bureau releases its rankings three times each year, usually in August, December and April. The Bureau is comprised of CFL scouts, player personnel directors and general managers from the league’s nine teams.

Details surrounding the 2019 U SPORTS East-West Bowl – showcasing the next generation of CFL stars that will vie for coveted spots on next year’s Scouting Bureau – will be announced on Monday. The 2018 game featured all 15 U SPORTS prospects to appear on at least one Scouting Bureau list this season below.



Rank Name Pos. University Hometown Ht. Wt. Aug. 30 Dec. 6
1 Mathieu Betts DL Laval Montréal, Que. 6-3 250 2 1
2 Shane Richards OL Oklahoma St. Calgary, Alta. 6-8 336 4 2
3 Justin McInnis REC Arkansas St. Pierrefonds, Que. 6-6 205 5 3
4 Zach Wilkinson OL Northern Colorado Vancouver, B.C. 6-5 285 8 17
5 Hergy Mayala REC Connecticut Montreal, Que. 6-2 204 3 6
6 Jonathan Kongbo DL Tennessee Surrey, B.C. 6-5 254 1 4
7 Drew Desjarlais OL Windsor Belle River, Ont. 6-5 325 NR NR
8 Maleek Irons RB Ohio Chilliwack, B.C. 6-1 229 11 8
9 Kaion Julien-Grant REC StFX Toronto, Ont. 6-2 208 14 13
10 Alex Fontana OL Kansas Toronto, Ont. 6-2 300 9 5
11 Brayden Dickey WR New Mexico North Vancouver, B.C. 6-5 245 NR NR
12 Samuel Thomassin OL Laval Québec City, QC 6-6 330 12 16
13 Maurice Simba OL Concordia Laval, Que. 6-8 320 18 11
14 Jesse Gibbon OL Waterloo Hamilton, Ont. 6-5 300 NR NR
15 Robbie Smith DL Laurier Brampton, Ont. 6-2 245 15 12
16 Kurleigh Gittens Jr. REC Laurier Ottawa, Ont. 6-0 191 13 9
17 Michael O’Connor QB UBC Orleans, Ont. 6-5 225 20 19
18 Brady Oliveira RB North Dakota Winnipeg, Man. 5-10 220 7 10
19 Malcom Lee DB UBC Surrey, B.C. 6-2 200 NR NR
20 Alexandre Savard REC Laval Québec City, Que. 6-5 242 10 7


Appeared on previous Scouting Bureau List this season


Name Pos. University Hometown Ht. Wt. Aug. 30 Dec. 6
Fraser Sopik LB Western Toronto, Ont. 6-0 196 19 14
Jamie Harry DB Ottawa Lachine, Que. 6-2 200 17 15
Trivel Pinto REC UBC Toronto, Ont. 5-11 190 NR 18
Nate Anderson DL Missouri Toronto, Ont. 6-4 255 NR 20
Dejon Brissett REC Richmond  Mississauga, Ont. 6-2 195 6 NR
Jamel Lyles RB Manitoba Surrey, B.C. 6-0 210 16 NR