Monday, May 11, 2015

UConn's Mateas a candidate for No. 1 overall pick in CFL Draft

Byron Jones and Geremy Davis were fortunate to hear their names called in the NFL Draft. Now it is Alex Mateas' turn to be selected by a professional football team.

Mateas, the only offensive player to start every game for UConn over the last two seasons, is in the running to be the first overall pick in Tuesday's CFL Draft.

Mateas, an Ottawa native, is the No. 3 prospect in the final CFL Scouting Bureau rankings released on Apr. 24. However, the top-rated player (defensive end Christian Covington) was selected by the Houston Texans in the sixth round in the NFL Draft. The second-rated player is offensive lineman Brett Boyko, who was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted rookie free agent. Yale running back Tyler Varga, the fourth-rated player in the final pre-draft rankings, signed with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent and has made his intentions clear that his focus is on making it onto an NFL roster. Mateas received an invitation to New York Jets camp on a tryout basis but he was not among the tryout players who were signed by the Jets. As a result, he would seem to be the safest pick among the top CFL Draft prospects.

The draft will be held on Tuesday beginning at 8 p.m. It will air on TSN2 in Canada. Ottawa was the No. 1 overall pick.

Mateas, Varga and Wesleyan linebacker Dee Simons are the only players with state ties eligible for the draft.

In other news, the Detroit Lions announced that it signed three players who attended rookie camp on a tryout basis but the list does not include former UConn defensive end/linebacker Reuben Frank. Also, Deshon Foxx was not among the tryout players signed by the Seattle Seahawks.



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