Every once in a while, a player makes the jump from the CFL to the NFL, and he makes an impact. One of the next guys to get a promotion could be B.C. Lions offensive lineman Jovan Olafioye.
Olafioye worked out this week for the Vikings and Dolphins. Over the next two weeks, he’ll get a look-see from the Browns, Steelers, and Jets — and possibly other teams.
Under CFL rules, Olafioye can sign with any NFL team on January 2.
He played at North Carolina Central University, and he was invited to a minicamp with the Detroit Lions in 2009. Olafioye was not offered a contract.
At 350 pounds, Olafioye has played left tackle and right tackle. For the B.C. Lions, the 2011 Grey Cup champions, Olafioye allowed no sacks. He also was a finalist for the league’s Offensive Lineman of the Year award.
The last CFL player to generate this kind of buzz was Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake. Maybe next year Olafioye will get a chance to try to block him.