First Round Draft Prospects: Mehdi Abdesmad

With the Als drafting at #2, #11 and #20

I figured I would put together some draft profiles of the most intriguing prospects over the next few days.

Mehdi grew up in Montreal, his mom and two sisters still reside his dad {Montracer} passed
Attended Cegep du Vieux Montreal
Coached by Noel Thorpe at World Juniors in 2010
Lost his father as a teenager
Offered multiple NCAA scholarship offers.
Attended Boston College for the quality of its business school, proximity and quality of its program at the time.
Defensive End Wears #45 projects as a Defensive Tackle in the CFL
6.65 weight 297 pounds
Ranked 29th DE prospect: Likely will receive FA offers from NFL
Suffered thorn Pattelar tendon in 2013, re-injured the same tendon in 2014.
Completed his NCAA eligibility.

Notables: 2013 as a Junior had 17 Tackles, 3.5 for a loss and 2 sacks in 3 games before being injured.
2015: Team captain as a Senior, completed season with 49 tackles, 15 TFL and 5.5 sacks on the number 1 ranked defense in the NCAA.

Mehdi ticks all the boxes for the Als. Bilingual local kid, highly intelligent and personable. The Als would have a good chance at retaining him past his initial contract. Would slot in immediately at Defensive Tackle rotation. The only question mark is how well his left knee could survive professional football.

December Rankings
1 (1) Tevaun Smith WR
2 (2) David Onyemata DL
3 (6) Josiah St. John OL
4 (9) Mehdi Abdesmad DL
5 (3) Arjen Colquhoun DB
6 (10) Charles Vaillancourt OL
7 (5) Mercer Timmis RB
8 (17) Trent Corney DL
9 (-) Taylor Loffler DB
10 (8) Mitchell Winters DL
11 (7) Dillon Guy OL
12 (11) Juwan Brescacin WR
13 (15) Philippe Gagnon OL
14 (19) Jason Lauzon-Seguin OL
15 (13) Anthony Thompson DB
16 (4) Elie Bouka DB
17 (12) Llevi Noel WR
18 (-) Brian Jones WR
19 (16) Doug Corby WR
20 (-) Quinn Van Gylswyk K/P

We know that Popp LOVES OL and that the Als need DL, and 3 of the top 4 prospects are linemen. Merry Christmas Jim.

A pesky thought keeps buzzing around in my head about the draft. Perret and Bourke are both getting older and have had a lot of injuries in recent years. Why do I see one being dealt to make room for one of the youngsters, save some money and get pick(s).

Since Josh Bourke is a potential free agent, why would any team be interested in trading for him. Josh is 33 and Jeff is 31. Many good years ahead. They have not missed too many games in the past years.


Forgot the pending UFA status; but sometimes you can leverage pre-UFA date access for something.

My thought is not age itself, but the combination of age and injuries in recent years.

But as is aid, it is not a proposal or a prediction, just a pesky thought as they have 7 National OL on the roster (not counting Bourke, or Foucault if he becomes available, or any 2016 draft picks)

You two hijacking my draft prospect tread.


:lol: D Inglis dew dat

Bump ahead of Thorpe BS


You keep getting me “excited” (to the minor degree that new postings are exciting) and it is just a bump.


Maybe our need for a DT will be realised.

In this case I think it will depend mostly how they rate the risk to re-injure that knee.

Mehdi Abdesmad ?@Sultan45BC 2h2 hours ago Im happy to announce that I will be participating in the 2016 NFL Combine. God is great! I will make my team,friends & family proud #45
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Il a apparemment une bonne vision du jeu et se concentre d'abord sur sa mission.

As of now the CFL doesn`t exist in his mind.

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Its not unusual. It was the same for Brandon Bridge, Fredo Plesius for example.
It is easy to understand why a young College player would think like that.
He just ran a 5.1 forty… Which ain’t great.

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Mehdi's measurables at the CFL combine fell in the bottom third of a very talented draft class at his position. I would not be surprised to see him at the CFL combine.

Je ne suis pas certain, mais j’ai cru lire qu’il est légèrement blessé à une cheville.

That's equally bad for his stock. The biggest worry for scouts is his injuries. I think he's a safe bet as a first round CFL pick. Not saying he's the guy the Als should claim but he's unlikely to get any significant NFL traction.