Mac’s Medeiros has Top 10 spot on CFL draft list

Toronto – McMaster Marauder standout offensive lineman Jason Medeiros is listed as the tenth best prospect in the latest set of Canadian Football League rankings of draft-eligible players released ahead of the annual entry draft in May.

It’s the Hamilton native’s first appearance on the list that is composed by the CFL Scouting Bureau. He has already accepted his invitation to attend the CFL Evaluation Camp in Toronto in March.

Medeiros had a stellar 2011 season, being named a first-team Ontario University Athletics all-star and second-team Canadian Interuniversity Sports All-Canadian. He switched from tackle to guard and was the leader of a rebuilt Marauder offensive line that had graduated five fifth-year players after the 2010 season. His leadership was a key element in McMaster leading the country in overall offensive production in 2011 and winning the Marauders their first national football championship.

“Jason’s performance in 2011 clearly established him as one of the best players in CIS football,” said Marauder head coach Stef Ptaszek. “Watching how he played during our run to the Vanier Cup, it is not surprising to see him on that list of players.”

A graduate of Hamilton’s St. Thomas More Secondary School, Medeiros was also a member of Canada’s senior national team that finished as runner-up to the United States in the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Senior World Championship that was held in Austria in July 2011.

The CFL Scouting Bureau is comprised of CFL scouts, player personnel directors and general managers from the league’s eight teams, and periodically lists its rankings of draft-eligible players from Canadian and U.S. varsity programs and Canadian Junior football.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders currently hold the top pick in the 2012 CFL Canadian Draft.

A year ago, St. Francis Xavier linebacker Henoc Muamba became the fifth straight CIS player – and the ninth in 12 years – to be selected first overall in the CFL Canadian Draft.

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