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Alabama WR John Metchie III climbs to the top of the CFL Draft standings

TORONTO — Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver John Metchie III topped the CFL Scouting Bureau’s final list of 20 prospects for the league’s 2022 Draft on Tuesday.

Metchie, of Brampton, Ont., was not on the office’s winter list released earlier this year because he was still eligible for college. However, Metchie has since opted to skip his senior season at Alabama and declare himself for the 2022 NFL Draft, which will be held later this month.

Metchie edged Jesse Luketa of Ottawa, a Penn State linebacker who topped the winter standings. Luketa is also eligible for this year’s NFL Draft.

Metchie had a team-high 96 catches last season for 1,142 yards and eight touchdowns before suffering a season-ending knee injury. He finished his Alabama career with 155 receptions for 2,081 yards and 14 touchdowns and in 2020 helped the Tide win an NCAA title.

Metchie received the Jon Cornish Trophy last season as the most outstanding Canadian player in NCAA football. He is a finalist for this year’s honor.

Tyrell Richards of Brampton moved up a spot to third overall. Richards last played football at Syracuse University in 2020, but did very well in the national league overall last month.

Waterloo quarterback Tre Ford, who was ranked No. 4, also moved up. The Niagara Falls, Ont., native finished sixth on the winter list.

Twins Jalen and Tyson Philpot, both receivers at the University of Calgary, continue to make the top 10, placing fifth and sixth respectively.

Western defensive lineman Deionte Knight, Coastal Carolina defensive back Enock Makonzo, Waterloo defensive back Tyrell Ford and Saskatchewan offensive lineman Noah Zerr round out the top 10.

The CFL Draft will take place on May 3.