FIVE CANADIANS PROJECTED TO BE CHOSEN AT THE NFL DRAFT

2023-03-01 · 3 min read · NFL/Football
Matthew Bergeron, Sydney Brown and Sidy Sow

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It may be the last chance for many young football players to make an impression on NFL teams, as a handful of Canadians are looking to make their professional dreams come true.
Five Canadians have been invited to the NFL Scouting Combine this week, all of whom could fill some much-needed voids on rosters in this league.
A year ago, there were three Canadians selected in the NFL Draft, receiver John Metchie (Houston Texans, round two), defensive back Deane Leonard (Los Angeles Chargers, round seven), and linebacker Jesse Luketa (Arizona Cardinals, round seven).
If all five Canadians invited to this year’s combine are chosen during the NFL Draft, it would be the most ever this century, beating out the 2021 and 2014 draft classes when four were selected on each occasion.
The draft takes place from April 27-29 in Kansas City.
Here is a look at those five Canadians, and what they bring to the table.
Matthew Bergeron- Offensive Tackle- Syracuse
The 6’5, 322-pound tackle might not have to wait too long to hear his name called at the draft, with experts projecting him to go early in the second round or in the latter stages of round one.
A native of Victoriaville, Quebec, Bergeron has started 39 games at offensive tackle with the Orangemen, mainly on the all-important left side.
He was named an All-ACC honourable mention in 2021 and was a part of the All-ACC second team the following year.
As a team captain at Syracuse last season, Bergeron allowed just four sacks and was only penalized three times in 686 snaps over 11 games.
Like the other Canadians at the combine in Indianapolis, Bergeron attended the Senior Bowl in 2023 and has numerous accolades and qualities that could be an asset to NFL teams.
Sydney Brown- Safety- Illinois
The young Illinois safety could be the next highest Canadian to hear his name called during the NFL Draft, with many pegging this safety from London, Ontario, to go late in the second round.
Last season he had a Big-Ten high six interceptions and a sack while serving as captain of the Fighting Illini.
He was named to the First-Team All-Big Ten, recording 60 tackles, 3.5 for losses, plus seven knockdowns, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.
Chase Brown- Running Back- Illinois
The 2022 winner of the Jon Cornish Trophy and Sydney’s identical twin brother, Chase is a fast, versatile running back with an impressive college resume.
He racked up 1,643 yards on 328 carries last season at Illinois, along with 10 touchdowns and also caught 27 passes for 240 yards and three scores.
With those numbers, it’s no surprise that he was a finalist for the Doak Walker Award and was named to the All-Big Ten second team.
The 22-year-old from London, Ontario, was one of the most consistent running backs in 2022, averaging five yards per carry, including 10 100-yard games and was the nation’s second-leading rusher and the top rusher in the Power Five conferences.
Anywhere between rounds three and five could be a distinct possibility for Brown.
Sidy Sow- Offensive Lineman- Eastern Michigan
In five college football seasons, Sow featured in 56 games, spending time at tackle and guard.
During the 2021 campaign, the native of Bromont, Quebec, was named to the First-Team All-MAC as a senior, returning a year later for his final season of eligibility.
In his 13 starts last season, he only gave up two sacks on 949 snaps and led Eastern Michigan in games played (56) and started (54) while also participating in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in California.
His offensive unit averaged 31.0 points per game, thanks to his towering presence and ability to protect the quarterback and open up holes for the running game.
If he is to be chosen at this year’s draft, it could be in the sixth round or later.
Tavius Robinson- Defensive End- Ole Miss
The final Canadian taking part at the combine is Tavius Robinson, who had a productive campaign with the Ole Miss Rebels.
The man from Guelph, Ontario, recorded 44 tackles, seven sacks, and five forced fumbles, along with two recoveries this season in 13 games, while also participating in the Senior Bowl.
He may be a little stiff off the rush, but there’s still a chance someone wants him when the draft comes up down the road.
Before transferring to the Rebels, he was a second-team OUA all-star at the University of Guelph.
He has shown a great combination of length and flexibility to turn the corner around the edge with an electrifying change of direction.
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