With NFL scouts leaving no stones unturned in their search for talent, expect there to be some buzz developing soon around wide receiver Steven Turner.
Turner dominated last weekend's CFL Evaluation Camp (the Canadian Football League's version of the Combine), topping all receivers in every category tested. Like the Indianapolis Combine for which NFL prospects are tested, wide receivers are asked to do a variety of drills. Turner beat all other receivers tested in the 40-yard dash (4.31), 10-yard split (1.42), 20-yard split (2.44), vertical jump (43.5"), broad jump (10'4.5"), shuttle (4.03) and even the bench press (20).
The 4.31 showing in the 40-yard dash is the fastest ever recorded at the CFL Evaluation Camp.
Turners' numbers would have ranked at or near the top in every category of receivers tested this year in Indianapolis.
The 5-09, 185 receiver was rarely used at The Bishop's, catching only 11 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown. He finished fourth on the team in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. He was also a dangerous punt returner, however, averaging 20.4 yards per return and scoring twice.
The NFL has started looking more often to their neighbors in the north for prospects. Last year the Chargers selected former Western Ontario defensive tackle Vaughn Martin in the fourth round. The Miami Dolphins signed outside linebacker Cameron Wake last year. The Seahawks recently signed another pass rusher from Canada, Rickey Foley.
Turner's eye-popping athleticism could result in a high selection in Canada's draft, which takes place in May.
It also could result in his being drafted into the NFL only a few weeks earlier.