Top 4 2019 CFL Draft picks are national team alumni
By Ameeta Vohra
Last Thursday night, several national and provincial team alumni saw their dreams become a reality as they heard their name called in the 2019 CFL Draft.
The first four overall picks represented Canada and brought home medals at previous IFAF World Junior Championships. First overall pick Shane Richards, an offensive lineman who went to the Toronto Argonauts and third pick Mathieu Betts, a defensive lineman who was drafted by the Edmonton Eskimos, helped Canada claim silver at the 2014 Championship in Kuwait.
Second overall pick Jesse Gibbon, an offensive lineman who was selected by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and fourth pick Drew Desjarlais, an offensive lineman drafted by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, were part of the national team that won gold in Harbin China at the 2016 Championship.
In total, five alumni were selected in the first round of the CFL Draft. Drafted eighth by the Calgary Stampeders was wide receiver Hergy Mayala who helped Quebec win gold at the 2012 Football Canada Cup in London, Ontario.
Laval Rouge et Or teammates Vincent Desjardins (defensive lineman) and Samuel Thomassin (offensive lineman were drafted in the second round. Desjardins was chosen 17th by the Calgary Stampeders and Thomassin 19th by the Montreal Alouettes. Both were silver medallists when Canada participated in the 2014 IFAF World Junior Championships in Kuwait. Wide receiver Nikola Kalinic , who represented the country at the 2016 International Bowl in Arlington, Texas, was drafted 10th by the Hamilton Tiger Cats.
Here are the 20 provincial and national alumni drafted in all seven rounds of the 2019 CFL Draft:
|Shane Richards||OL||Calgary, AB||1st round, 1st||Junior National Team 2014|
|HAMILTON TIGER CATS|
|Jesse Gibbon||OL||Hamilton ON||1st round, 2nd||Junior National Team 2016|
|Nikola Kalinic||WR||Toronto, ON||1st round, 10th||2016 International Bowl|
|Derek Dufault||DL||Winnipeg, MB||7th round, 58th||Team Manitoba 2014 FCC|
|Mathieu Betts||DL||Montreal, QC||1st Round, 3rd||Junior National Team 2014|
|Evan Machibroda||DL||Saskatoon, SK||5th Round, 41st||Junior National Team 2014, Team Saskatchewan 2012 FCC|
|WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS|
|Drew Desjarlais||OL||Belle River, ON||1st Round, 4th||Junior National Team 2016, 2016 International Bowl|
|Connor Griffiths||DL||Langley, BC||3rd Round, 25th||Junior National Team 2016|
|Jacob Janke||LB||Edmonton, AB||4th Round, 35th||2016 International Bowl, 2015 International Bowl, Team Alberta 2014 FCC|
|Tommy Grant||DL||Halifax, NS||4th Round, 36th||Team Nova Scotia 2014 FCC|
|Clement Lebreux||DL||Candiac, QC||8th Round, 72nd||Junior National Team 2012|
|Hergy Mayala||WR||Montreal, QC||1st Round, 8th||Team Quebec 2012 FCC|
|Vincent Desjardins||DL||Quebec City, QC||2nd Round, 17th||Junior National Team 2014|
|Zack Williams||OL||Winnipeg, MB||3rd Round, 28th||Junior National Team 2016, 2016 International Bowl, 2015 International Bowl, Team Manitoba 2014 FCC|
|Fraser Sopik||LB||Toronto, ON||4th Round, 31st||Team Ontario 2014 FCC|
|Colton Hunchak||QB||Calgary, AB||8th Round, 73rd||Junior National Team 2014, Team Alberta 2013 FCC|
|Samuel Thomassin||OL||Montreal, QC||2nd Round, 19th||Junior National Team 2014, Team Quebec 2013|
|Chris Osei-Kusi||WR||Brampton, ON||4th Round, 30th||2016 International Bowl|
|Ben Whiting||LB||Saskatoon, SK||7th Round, 57th||Junior National Team 2016, 2016 International Bowl, Team Saskatchewan 2014 FCC|
|Cody Cranston||DB||Winnipeg, MB||8th Round, 66th||Team Manitoba 2014 FCC|
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