Canada heating up the talent. Cameron Wake, Tom Johnson, Hicks, Armond Armstead, Jason Vega, etc- certainly a growing trend
The towering Regina Rams defensive lineman can certainly dream big these days considering he's garnering plenty of interest south of the border leading up to the 2013 NFL draft in April. He's hoping to follow in the footsteps of former teammate Akiem Hicks, who was selected in the third round last year by the New Orleans Saints.
"When I played next to Akiem (in 2011) I didn't feel there really was much of a difference between us," said Charles, who has declared for this year's NFL draft. "Any team that takes me is going to get a player who will work hard and always want to be the best.
"I'm always looking at what I need to do to improve and get better."
Over three seasons at Regina, the six-foot-five, 310-pound Charles had 56.5 tackles and 10.5 sacks in 22 career games. By comparison, Hicks, an American who was once a top prospect at LSU, had 56 tackles and eight sacks in 16 CIS contests. MORE Image: http://www.canadawest.org/images/2012/9/25/rp_primary_REG_FB_StefanCharles12-B2DigitalImaging.jpg
I haven't looked into it. Can someone answer this- Why are some of these guys just signed outright anytime with a NFL team (like Wake or Armstead) and others are drafted like Hicks?