Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Offensive Lineman Senior Remains atop CFL Scouting Bureau's Top-20 List

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Offensive Lineman Senior Remains atop CFL Scouting Bureau's Top-20 List

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Senior still tops CFL top-20 prospects list

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TORONTO - Johnny Augustine's pro stock is on the rise.

On Thursday, the Guelph Gryphons running back cracked the CFL scouting bureau's final top-20 prospects list leading up to the May 7 draft. After being bypassed in previous listings, the five-foot-eight, 202-pound Augustine earned the No. 17 spot after a solid showing at last month's combine in Regina.

Following that performance, Augustine boldy declared he was the top running back in the draft and a future CFL starter. He wasn't moving off those proclamations Thursday.

"That's my mentality," he said during a conference call. "It's one thing to make it to the CFL and make a roster but my goal at the end of the day is to be a starting running back.

"I want to do great things . . . my dream is to leave my mark in the professional ranks. This was the first step and the next step, obviously, is getting my spot on whatever team is willing to take me and competing and fighting for the No. 1 spot."

Last season, Augustine ran for 563 yards on 108 carries (5.2-yard average) with three TDs while adding seven catches for 55 yards. He tested well in Regina -- 22 reps in the bench, 4.77-second 40-yard dash, 30.5-inch vertical -- but really shined in the one-on-one drills, impressing as a runner, receiver and blocker.

"I just didn't show one thing," he said. "In today's game as a running back you've got to be successful in doing a lot of things in a lot of areas.

"I think that's what I did to impress all the general managers."

Augustine wasn't the only player to rise.

Ottawa's Eli Ankou, a defensive lineman from UCLA, moved up one spot to No. 2 while Winnipeg's Geoff Gray, an offensive lineman at Manitoba, jumped two positions to No. 3.

McMaster receiver Danny Vandervoort of Barrie, Ont., is at No. 4 -- up three positions -- while Iowa defensive lineman Faith Ekakitie of Brampton, Ont., vaulted six spots to No. 5.

Montreal's Justin Senior, an offensive lineman from Mississippi State, remained the top prospect. It's position he's held since the first list was released in September.

Rounding out the top-10 in order were Maine linebacker Christophe Mulumba of Montreal (from No. …

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