Iowa’s Alaric Jackson remains top-ranked prospect for 2021 CFL Draft


Iowa offensive lineman Alaric Jackson (77) greets Nebraska safety Marquel Dismuke (9) after an NCAA college football game, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa won 26-20. (Charlie Neibergall / AP)

Alaric Jackson continues to be the 2021 CFL draft’s top-rated prospect.

The six-foot-six, 320-pound Iowa offensive lineman was ranked No. 1 on Wednesday in the CFL Scouting Bureau’s second list of the top-20 prospects for this year’s draft.

Jackson, of Windsor, Ont., was ranked first in the opening instalment released in October.

Josh Palmer, of Brampton, Ont., a receiver at Tennessee, moved up two spots to No. 2 ahead of Chuba Hubbard of Sherwood Park, Alta., who wasn’t initially ranked because he was still a junior at Oklahoma State.

Hubbard has since declared for the 2021 NFL draft.

Calgary’s Amen Ogbongbemiga, a linebacker at Oklahoma State, fell two spots to No. 4 ahead of Jevon Holland of Coquitlam, B.C., a junior defensive back at Oregon who also was unranked but has declared for this year’s NFL draft.

Rounding out the top-10, in order, are: Virginia receiver Terrell Jana (Vancouver, ranked No. 3 in October); Texas State offensive lineman Liam Dobson (Ottawa); New Mexico offensive lineman Sage Doxtater (Welland, Ont.); North Carolina State defensive lineman Daniel Joseph (Toronto); and Montreal offensive lineman Pierre-Olivier Lestage (Saint-Eustache, Que.).

The CFL also announced NCAA players eligible for its ’21 draft who’ve decided to use their extra year of eligibility won’t have their draft year deferred.

The league said U Sports players also had the opportunity to defer their draft year to 2022, with 132 prospects opting to do so.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan 20, 2021.

12:02ET 20-01-21


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