Alberta lineman remains atop Canadian college draft rankings

Offensive lineman Simeon Rottier of the Alberta Golden Bears continues to top the list of the top 15-ranked Canadian university players heading into the Saturday’s CFL Canadian college draft.

TORONTO — Offensive lineman Simeon Rottier of the Alberta Golden Bears continues to top the list of the top 15-ranked Canadian university players heading into the Saturday’s CFL Canadian college draft.

The six-foot-five, 295-pound Rottier, a native of Westlock, Alta., is considered a solid bet to go first overall Saturday when the Hamilton Tiger-Cats kick off the draft with the No. 1 selection.

Bishop’s running back Jamall Lee remains at No. 2. Lee, whose father Orville was the first player taken in the ’88 CFL draft, was Canadian university’s leading rusher last year with 1,202 yards on 182 carries (6.6-yard average) with 10 touchdowns.

Lee signed as a free agent with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

Etienne Legare, a defensive lineman with Laval, moved up to third from No. 4. The six-foot-four, 265-pound Legare recorded 6.5 sacks this season and captured the J.P. Metras Trophy as Canadian university football’s top lineman in helping the Rouge et Or capture the Vanier Cup.

Acadia slotback Matt Carter moved from No. 8 to fourth in the rankings. Also making a big jump was Calgary offensive lineman Dylan Steenbergen from No. 9 to fifth overall.

Rounding out the top 10 in order are Windsor offensive lineman Matt Morencie, Queen’s defensive lineman Dee Sterling, Regina defensive back Tamon George, Toronto defensive back Matt Morris and Bishop’s linebacker James Yurichuk.

Central Michigan Eric Fraser is No. 1 among Canadians attending an NCAA school.