1996 CFL Draft

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The 1996 CFL Draft took place on May 31, 1996.[1] 61 Canadian football players were chosen from eligible Canadian universities as well as Canadian players playing in the NCAA.[2] This would be the last time that a CFL draft would have seven rounds, switching to six rounds in 1997, until the league went back to seven in 2013. The Edmonton Eskimos obtained the first overall pick, along with Nick Mazzoli, from the Ottawa Rough Riders in exchange for Dan Murphy and Jay Chistenson.[1]

Round one

= CFL Division All-Star = CFL All-Star = Hall of Famer
Pick # CFL Team Player Position College
1 Edmonton Eskimos (via Ottawa[1]) Donnavan Blair SB Calgary
2 Toronto Argonauts Kelly Wiltshire CB James Madison
3 Saskatchewan Roughriders Mike Sutherland OL Northern Illinois
4 Winnipeg Blue Bombers Andrew Henry DB C.W. Post
5 Hamilton Tiger-Cats Justin Ring LB Simon Fraser
6 BC Lions Mike Pimisken LB Washington State
7 Edmonton Duane Arrindell OL Northern Illinois
8 Calgary Stampeders Farell Duclair LB Concordia
9 Montreal Alouettes Denis Montana WR Concordia

Round two

= CFL Division All-Star = CFL All-Star = Hall of Famer
Pick # CFL Team Player Position College
10 Hamilton Kyle Walters RB Guelph
11 Winnipeg Harry Van Hofwegen DL Carleton
12 Saskatchewan Tom Monois WR Northeastern
13 Winnipeg Sean Reade RB Western Ontario
14 Hamilton Mike Mehelic OT Indiana
15 BC Andrew English WR British Columbia
16 Edmonton Jayson Hamilton RB Alberta
17 Calgary Rob Robinson DT Cincinnati
18 Montreal Bryan Chiu DT Washington State

Round three

= CFL Division All-Star = CFL All-Star = Hall of Famer
Pick # CFL Team Player Position College
19 Ottawa Sammie Brennan DB University
20 Toronto L.J. Eiben WR Humboldt State
21 Calgary Jean-Agnes Charles DB Michigan
22 Winnipeg Shane Speena LB Henderson State
23 Saskatchewan Alton Francis RB/K Northern Illinois
24 BC Brad Yamaoka RB British Columbia
25 Edmonton Sheldon Napastuk DT Iowa State
26 Calgary Cory Stevens P/K Minot State
27 Montreal Adam Cassidy OL Alberta

Round four

Pick # CFL Team Player Position College
28 Ottawa Grayson Shillingford SB British Columbia
29 Saskatchewan Paul Frian LB St. Francis Xavier
30 Saskatchewan Dwayne Ell DL North Dakota
31 Winnipeg Leonard Jean-Pierre RB York
32 Hamilton Dan Brown FB/RB Bemidji State
33 BC Kevin Ho-Young RB St. Francis Xavier
34 Edmonton Murray Cunningham DL Alberta
35 Calgary Vito Greco LB/FB Carleton
36 Montreal Tom Hipsz DE Toronto

Round five

Pick # CFL Team Player Position College
37 Ottawa Darcy Curtis DT/OL Simon Fraser
38 Ottawa George Savard OL Ottawa
39 Saskatchewan Nelson Van Waes SB/LB Tulsa
40 Winnipeg Stuart MacKenzie OT Western Kentucky
41 Hamilton Paul Kent OL Kutztown
42 BC Victor Bryna DB Simon Fraser
43 Edmonton Joe Saul DE Saskatchewan
44 Calgary Jung-Yul Kim OT Toronto

Round six

Pick # CFL Team Player Position College
45 Ottawa Robert McElwain DB Windsor
46 Toronto Tim Biakabutuka RB Michigan
47 Saskatchewan Chris Flory OL Saskatchewan
48 Winnipeg Mark Holmstrom LB Manitoba
49 Hamilton Troy Russel DB Bishop's
50 BC Bryan Bourne OL British Columbia
51 Edmonton Darcy Park FB Alberta
52 Calgary David Lane OL Simon Fraser
53 Montreal Adrian Rainbow QB British Columbia

Round seven

Pick # CFL Team Player Position College
54 Ottawa Michael Hendricks LB Ottawa
55 Toronto Craig Poole WR Windsor
56 Saskatchewan Greg Moe K Saskatchewan
57 Winnipeg Gerald Lewis LB Eastern Michigan
58 Hamilton David Burnie DE Western Ontario
59 BC Paul Greenhow CD Queen's
60 Edmonton Troy Shwetz DB Jamestown College
61 Montreal Marc Charles DT Morgan State


  1. ^ a b c "CFL conducts Canadian College Draft". Archived from the original on 1996-11-22. Retrieved 2016-09-16.
  2. ^ "1996 Canadian Draft". Canadian Football League.
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