Abdesmad shines as lone Canadian in 2016 NFL Scouting Combine (VIDEO)

Mehdi Abdesmad turned in an impressive performance at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

The 6’7, 297 pound defensive end from Montreal, Quebec was tested in six different areas at the event.

His test results are as follows: 5.10 seconds in 40 yard dash, 25 reps on 225 lbs bench press, 29.5 inch vertical jump, 108 inch broad jump, 7.55 seconds in the cone drill and 4.62 second 20 yard shuttle.


NFL.com’s Lance Zeirlein gave an analysis prior to the combine of the Montreal defensive end: “Abdesmad is an intriguing prospect due to his size and impact tackle production. He’s big and strong enough… While his knees have been an issue in the past, he looked unaffected this season and could become a rotational tackle/end for a 3-­4 team.”

This past winter, Adbesmad was ranked fourth in the CFL Scouting Bureau’s rankings.This past season, he capped off his career with NCAA Division 1 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) team, Boston College Eagles. He helped the Eagles defence to league the FBS in yards allowed (3,053) . Moreover, Abdesmad registered 49 total tackles including 35 solo, 15 tackles for a loss and recorded 5.5 sacks in 12 games during the 2015 season.

Abdesmad appeared in 39 games during his time at Boston College finishing with 98 total tackles (58 solo), 21.5 tackles for a loss and 7.5 sacks.

NCAA Football: Boston College at Southern California

For his part, the 2015 season was a silver lining after a couple of seasons of disappointment.  Abdesmad’s season ended prematurely in 2014 as he tore his left patellar tendon in the team’s loss to Florida State earlier in the season.  In four games that season with the Eagles, Abdesmad ranked third on the team for sacks (2.0).  Up until his injury, he registered 17 tackles, including 3.5 for a loss.

He also missed the bulk of the 2013 season with a knee injury.

Previous to the Eagles, Abdesmad played with CEGEP Division 1 team, Vieux-Montreal Spartiates. During his time with the Spartiates, Abdesmad was honoured with Division 1 Defensive MVP Award in 2010 as well as an All-Star selection. He led the Spartiates to a 2009 Bol D’Or championship and got the team to the finals in 2010.

Abdesmad also represented Canada on international fronts.  The Quebec defensive tackle participated in the Team World versus Team USA 2010 game that was held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Moreover, Abdesmad led Team Canada to a silver-medal finish at the 2009 International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Junior World Championships in Canton, Ohio.


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