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The 6-foot-1, 185-pound defensive end/tight end may be undersized for both trenches, but he hides that setback with his athletic skill set.
On offense, Canada is a fluid route runner who proved to be a capable red zone target for 12-2 Elk Grove. However, after watching him in my film room, he makes his most plays on defense.
Canada, who runs a 4.62 40-yard dash, shows off that speed with a freakish explosion off the four-point stance. Canada closes quick on quarterbacks and running backs. He shoots through open gaps like a torpedo and, even at 185-pounds, wins a lot of one-on-one battles with offensive tackles thanks to his consistency with keeping his pad level low.
Canada is also valuable in the zone defensive schemes. He's athletic enough to drop back from his end spot, leap for the football, then snatch the ball and take it back in the end zone. He did that twice during his junior year and hauled in three interceptions total.
Obviously, bulk is needed. I also need to see how consistent his hand technique will be. He relied mainly on his speed and bull rushing to get past blockers. Most schools will want even the most undersized linemen to use a swim or rip move more. Still, Canada is capable of being a tone-setter on defense with his speed off the edge.
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