Alabama WR John Metchie III Rises to Top of CFL Draft

TORONTO — Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver John Metchie III topped the CFL Scouting Bureau’s shortlist of the top 20 prospects for the league’s 2022 draft on Tuesday.

Metchie, of Brampton, Ont., was not on the agency’s winter list released earlier this year because she was still eligible for college. However, Metchie opted to skip his senior season at Alabama and declare himself for the 2022 NFL Draft, which will be held later this month.

Metchie edged Jesse Luketa of Ottawa, a Penn State linebacker who topped the winter standings. Luketa is also eligible for this year’s NFL Draft.

Metchie had 96 receptions last season for 1,142 yards and eight touchdowns before suffering a season-ending knee injury. He finished his Alabama career with 155 receptions for 2,081 yards and 14 touchdowns and in 2020 helped the Tide win an NCAA title.

Metchie received the Jon Cornish Trophy last season as NCAA’s Most Outstanding Canadian Football Player. He is a finalist for this year’s honor.

Tyrell Richards of Brampton moved up a spot to third overall. Richards last played football at Syracuse University in 2020, but performed very well in the league’s national combo last month.

Waterloo quarterback Tre Ford, who took 4th place, also moved up. The Niagara Falls, Ont., native was sixth on the winter list.

Twins Jalen and Tyson Philpot, both wide receivers from the University of Calgary, remain in the top 10, ranking fifth and sixth respectively.

Western defensive lineman Deionte Knight, Coastal Carolina defensive back Enock Makonzo, Waterloo defensive back Tyrell Ford and Saskatchewan offensive lineman Noah Zerr round out the top 10.

The CFL Draft will take place on May 3.

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