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Teams have from now until the draft at the beginning of May to reach to St-Pierre if they wish to interview him. Image: Dasser Kamran/Fulcrum

Wide receiver will participate in CFL’s evaluation virtually

Due to constant adaptations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Canadian Football League (CFL) Combine and draft will look different this time around. Rather than athletes hitting the field for drills and live interviews, evaluators will be looking through sets of film for each individual prospect and reaching out to athletes virtually to get to know them. 

After spending his university football career with the Gee-Gees, the University of Ottawa’s Dylan St. Pierre has been invited to participate in this year’s combine. 

“To be one of the players picked was really an honour,” St. Pierre said on the selection. “It has been a goal of mine since I first got into university.”

“When I got the call I was really excited for the opportunity to showcase my ability in front of all the CFL teams.”

From Ottawa, the wide receiver says being a Gee-Gee is something special to him. 

“I was lucky enough to have some really great coaches and teammates that helped me develop both on and off the field the last five years and teammates who became more like brothers over time.”

In preparation for the combine, St. Pierre has continued to train with the Gee-Gees lead varsity performance coach, Joey Kwasniewsky. Players are required to film and send videos of themselves performing the individual drills they usually would complete in-person as well as medical documents, and a questionnaire.

On the other end, CFL evaluators will be looking through the film sent to them and clubs are responsible for reaching out to scheduling interviews with athletes. 

“It’s definitely something new to have the combine be virtual,” St. Pierre said. “But my preparations haven’t really changed from what it would have been in person.”

Teams will have from now until the draft at the beginning of May to reach out and interview players.