49ers: 3 Canadians the Niners should take in 2021 NFL Draft

Running back Chuba Hubbard #30 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
Running back Chuba Hubbard #30 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images) /
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49ers Target No. 1: Focusing on Canada West Football, Jalen Philpot is a wide receiver who might be a diamond in the rough

College/university football doesn’t receive as much hype in Canada as it does in the United States. But there are some programs which could rival some American schools, and one of those is the University of Calgary.

The UofC Dinos are the 2019 Vanier Cup Champions. The Dinos are always a contender for the Vanier Cup, and this past season was no exception. The last time the Dinos were national champs was in 1995.

Helping lead the way was second-year wide receiver Jalen Philpot. In the championship game, the Delta, B.C. native caught four passes for 116 yards and a touchdown. It was his sixth 100-yard game of the year.

His touchdown against Montreal in the Vanier Cup was a simple corner route. A great pass from quarterback Adam Sinagra and some separation from the defensive back, Philpot snagged in the score:


It was a crucial score with less than a minute to go in the first half. It gave the Dinos their second lead of the game and they never looked back.

Philpot has amassed 1,090 receiving yards and seven touchdowns over his two years in Calgary. The 6-foot-1 Canadian could provide head coach Kyle Shanahan with more speed in the receivers room.

As we know with receivers over the years, injuries happen. So having an abundance of talent isn’t a bad thing. Philpot has the swagger, football IQ, and athletic abilities to be a solid receiver in a Shanahan offense.

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Canada is proving they can produce more than just hockey players. Chuba Hubbard is a prime example with his track background, Jevon Holland’s deep roots in football and Jalen Philpot’s pure athleticism will help lead the next generation of Canadians dreaming of playing in the NFL.