NIC Combine Best Performances

These are taken from canadianfootballscouting.com, and more will be forthcoming in the next several days.

For those who are unaware, the National Invitational Combine was operated by Duane Forde and Mike Gough, and featured over 80 draft-eligible and 5th year prospects from the CIS and junior football.

Best performers are listed only!

[b]Offensive Line[/b]

Bench Press

Pat D’Amico – Ottawa 28 reps

Aaron Harper – Mount Allison 28 reps

Quinn McCaughan - Calgary 28 reps

Alex Lau – Bishops 25 reps

Vertical Jump

Alex Lau – Bishops 28.5"

Quinn McCaughan - Calgary 27.5"

Adam Baboulas – St. Marys 26.5"

Mike Berta – Bishops 25.5"

Broad Jump

Quinn McCaughan - Calgary 8? 6.5"

Alex Lau – Bishops 7? 8.5"

Aaron Harper – Mount Allison 7? 8.5"

Mike Berta – Bishops 7? 8"

40 Yard Dash

Alex Lau – Bishops 5.02

Quinn McCaughan - Calgary 5.12

Mike Berta – Bishops 5.30

Pro Agility Shuttle

Alex Lau – Bishops 4.60

Quinn McCaughan - Calgary 4.63

Landon Rice – Manitoba 4.75

Mike Berta – Bishops 4.79


I was particularly impressed with Alex Lau at Tackle in the OL drills as well. He looked very good, despite being gassed from being out there too long without a rotation because of the lack of linemen willing to do drills at OT.
[b]Defensive Line[/b]

Bench Press

Bjorn Person – Regina 33 reps

Ian Shaw – Manitoba 23 reps

Josh Symons – Calgary 22 reps

Dan Schutte – St. Marys 21 reps

Vertical Jump

Kyle Ardill – Wilfrid Laurier 30.5"

Nick Rigg – Bishops 30"

Adrian Saturley – Acadia 29"

Ian Shaw – Manitoba 28.5"

Broad Jump

Adrian Saturley – Acadia 8? 5.5"

Kyle Ardill – Wilfrid Laurier 8? 5"

Dan Schutte – St. Marys 8? 4"

Ian Shaw – Manitoba 8? 1.5"

40 Yard Dash

Adrian Saturley – Acadia 5.02

Paul Hancock – Wilfrid Laurier 5.02

Kyle Ardill – Wilfrid Laurier 5.03

Nick Rigg – Bishops 5.04

Pro Agility Shuttle

Adrian Saturley – Acadia 4.25

Kyle Ardill – Wilfrid Laurier 4.34

Paul Hancock – Wilfrid Laurier 4.59

Nick Rigg – Bishops 4.66


A few of the pro scouts and coaches were interested in Kyle Ardill even before he started testing. Ian Shaw put up some very good numbers in the physical testing, but he struggled in 1-on-1s.
[b]Quarterbacks[/b]

Bench Press

Marc-Olivier Brouillette - Montreal 35 reps

Gary Rogers (IMP) – Washington State 15 reps

Brad Sinopoli – Ottawa 7 reps

Vertical Jump

Gary Rogers (IMP) – Washington State 37"

Marc-Olivier Brouillette - Montreal 32"

Broad Jump

Marc-Olivier Brouillette - Montreal 9? 6.5"

Gary Rogers (IMP) – Washington State 9? 3"

Brad Sinopoli – Ottawa 9? 3"

40 Yard Dash

Marc-Olivier Brouillette - Montreal 4.57

Gary Rogers (IMP) – Washington State 4.59

Brad Sinopoli – Ottawa 4.67

Pro Agility Shuttle

Marc-Olivier Brouillette - Montreal 4.05

Gary Rogers (IMP) – Washington State 4.23

Brad Sinopoli – Ottawa 4.33


Marc-Olivier Brouillette is an athlete, plain and simple. Won't play quarterback but his athletic abilities make him a VERY intriguing prospect at FB/ST and maybe even slotback. I'm not sure if he'll be drafted, but he's got a great chance of getting a camp invite as a free agent.

Great post, thanks for the info!!

What did you think of Aaron Harper ?

No recollection of him, sorry! Name is familiar but I can't point out and specificities as I don't recall any.

RB best performers from the NIC combine…

[b]Running Backs[/b]

Bench Press

Tim Cronk – Bishops 30 reps

Dathan Thomas – Saskatchewan 30 reps

Holden Morales – Acadia 24 reps

Mark Deluca – Montreal 22 reps

Vertical Jump

Marty Gordon – Queens 36.5"

Tim Cronk – Bishops 35.5"

Dathan Thomas – Saskatchewan 34"

Justin Andrushko – Victoria Rebels 32.5"

Broad Jump

Dathan Thomas – Saskatchewan 9? 2"

Marty Gordon – Queens 9? 1.5"

Justin Andrushko – Victoria Rebels 8? 8.5"

Tim Cronk – Bishops 8? 8.5"

40 Yard Dash

Marty Gordon – Queens 4.54

Justin Andrushko – Victoria Rebels 4.63

Tim Cronk – Bishops 4.72

Dathan Thomas – Saskatchewan 4.78

Pro Agility Shuttle

Marty Gordon – Queens 4.01

Justin Andrushko – Victoria Rebels 4.28

Holden Morales – Acadia 4.28

Dale Stevenson – Alberta 4.46


I had almost no chance to observe the RBs in individual drills, which is probably the best indicator of their running ability. Based on what I did see, I would say that all of these players fall into the FB prospect group.

The best LB performances from the NIC Combine

[b]Linebackers[/b]

Bench Press

Chris Arquette – Windsor 22 reps

James McNaughton – Ottawa 22 reps

Tom Lynch – St. FX 21 reps

Matt Rossetti – Guelph 21 reps

Vertical Jump

Justin Conn – Bishops 37"

Mike Cornell – Ottawa 35.5"

Jamike Njoku – Llyodminister Vandals 33.5"

James McNaughton – Ottawa 32.5"

Broad Jump

Justin Conn – Bishops 9?6.5"

Tom Lynch – St. FX 9? 5"

Mike Cornell – Ottawa 9? 3.5"

Jamike Njoku – Llyodminister Vandals 9? 3"

40 Yard Dash

Justin Conn – Bishops 4.45

Zach Buis – Bishops 4.65

Mike Cornell – Ottawa 4.68

James McNaughton – Ottawa 4.72

Pro Agility Shuttle

James McNaughton – Ottawa 4.11

Justin Conn – Bishops 4.20

Zach Buis – Bishops 4.28

Mike Cornell – Ottawa 4.30


There was some decent buzz around Justin Conn and some of his workouts, which could result in him being a draft target for several teams. Some may remember Mike Cornell who was top prospect last year prior to his lacklustre E-Camp performance, and thus he isn't draft eligible - there were a number of such 5th year players at the NIC. A few of the coaches were liking their chops at the idea of Jamike Njoku based on his appearance, but he was a bit of a tweener and I don't know if his 40 time helped him much for either position group.