Windsor-born Dakoda Shepley took advantage of his proximity to the American border.
Shepley, who played his university ball at UBC, worked out at Eastern Michigan University’s pro day on Tuesday because it’s within 50 miles of where he graduated from Holy Names High School. But EMU also required at least two NFL scouts to request the athletic offensive lineman, which happened after evaluators watched his film. Over 20 NFL teams were there along with the Riders from the CFL.
After crossing the border, Shepley came in at 6-foot-4, 305 pounds, running an impressive 5.05 40-yard dash, 4.64 shuttle, 7.98 three-cone, 32.5-inch vertical, nine-foot, three-inch broad jump and 31 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. All of those numbers except the three-cone time would have ranked in the top 10 among the offensive lineman at the 2018 NFL combine.
The University of British Columbia product was a 2017 Canada West all-star at right tackle and won a Vanier Cup with the Thunderbirds in 2015.
Just as quickly as Shepley can get his big frame moving he’ll be going up draft boards.