2017 CFL Draft

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2017 CFL Draft
General information
Date(s) May 7
Time 7:00 PM EDT
Location Toronto
Network(s) TSN/RDS
Picks
First selection Faith Ekakitie DL,
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Most selections BC Lions (9)

Saskatchewan Roughriders (9)
Fewest selections Toronto Argonauts (6)
CIS selections 56
NCAA selections 15
Overall selections 71

The 2017 CFL Draft took place on Sunday May 7, 2017 at 7:00 PM ET on TSN and RDS.[1][2][3] 71 players were chosen from among eligible players from Canadian Universities across the country, as well as Canadian players playing in the NCAA.[4]

The draft was broadcast live on TSN for two hours and then subsequent coverage shifted to digital platforms on TSN.ca and TSN GO. The production was hosted by Farhan Lalji and featured the CFL on TSN panel which included Duane Forde, Chris Schultz, Dave Naylor, and Marshall Ferguson.[3] Jim Lawson, the CFL's Chairman of the Board of Governors, announced the picks for the first two rounds at the TSN studios. This was announced following the resignation of current CFL Commissioner Jeffrey Orridge.[5]

Top prospects

Source: CFL Scouting Bureau rankings.[6]
Final
Ranking[7]
December
Ranking[8]
September
Ranking[6]
Player Position College Hometown
1 1 1 Justin Senior Offensive lineman Mississippi State Montreal, QC
2 3 5 Eli Ankou Defensive lineman UCLA Ottawa, ON
3 5 11 Geoff Gray Offensive lineman Manitoba Winnipeg, MB
4 7 4 Daniel Vandervoort Wide receiver McMaster Barrie, ON
5 11 14 Faith Ekakitie Defensive lineman Iowa Brampton, ON
6 8 6 Christophe Mulumba Linebacker Maine Laval, QC
7 2 10 Antony Auclair Tight end Laval Notre-Dame-des-Pins, QC
8 10 15 Mason Woods Offensive lineman Idaho Port Coquitlam, BC
9 12 8 Nathaniel Behar Wide receiver Carleton London, ON
10 15 - Dariusz Bladek Offensive lineman Bethune–Cookman Kissimmee, FL
11 9 13 Junior Luke Defensive lineman Montreal Montreal, QC
12 6 2 Kwaku Boateng Defensive lineman Wilfrid Laurier Milton, ON
13 13 9 Qadr Spooner Offensive lineman McGill Brossard, QC
14 17 12 Robert Woodson Defensive back Calgary Calgary, AB
15 19 17 Kay Okafor Defensive lineman St. Francis Xavier Enugu, Nigeria
16 - - Braden Schram Offensive lineman Calgary Manning, AB
17 - - Johnny Augustine Running back Guelph Welland, ON
18 - - Fabion Foote Defensive lineman McMaster North York, ON
19 - - Dondre Wright Defensive back Henderson State Ajax, ON
20 - - Connor McGough Defensive lineman Calgary Medicine Hat, AB
- 14 18 Jean-Simon Roy Offensive lineman Laval Quebec, QC
- 16 - Jordan Herdman Linebacker Simon Fraser Winnipeg, MB
- 18 16 Nakas Onyeka Linebacker Wilfrid Laurier Brampton, ON
- 20 - Mitchell Picton Wide receiver Regina Regina, SK
- 4 7 Rashaun Simonise Wide receiver Calgary Vancouver, BC
- - 3 Akeel Lynch Running back Nevada Toronto, ON
- - 19 Kwabena Asare Offensive lineman Carleton Brampton, ON
- - 20 Corey Williams Linebacker Toronto Toronto, ON

Trades

In the explanations below, (D) denotes trades that took place during the draft, while (PD) indicates trades completed pre-draft.

Round one

  • Montreal → BC (PD). Montreal traded this selection to BC for the negotiating rights to Vernon Adams.[9]
  • Toronto → Winnipeg (PD). Toronto traded this selection, T. J. Heath, and a third-round pick in the 2018 CFL Draft to Winnipeg for Drew Willy.[10]
  • Winnipeg ←→ Calgary (D). Winnipeg traded the sixth overall selection to Calgary for the eighth overall selection and the 34th overall selection in this year's draft.[11]

Round two

  • None

Round three

  • None

Round four

  • Saskatchewan → Calgary (PD). Saskatchewan traded this selection to Calgary for Tevaughn Campbell.[12]
  • Winnipeg → Montreal (PD). Winnipeg traded this selection to Montreal for Kevin Glenn.[10]
  • Hamilton → Saskatchewan (PD). Hamilton traded this selection, Linden Gaydosh, Tommy Streeter, and a seventh-round pick in this year's draft to Saskatchewan for Justin Capicciotti and Xavier Fulton.[13]
  • Montreal → Saskatchewan (PD). Montreal traded this selection and a conditional second-round pick in the 2018 CFL Draft to Saskatchewan for Darian Durant.[14]
  • Calgary → Winnipeg (D). Calgary traded the 34th overall selection and the eighth overall selection to Winnipeg for the sixth overall selection in this year's draft.[11]

Round five

  • Montreal → Hamilton (PD). Montreal traded this selection, Khalid Wooten, and a sixth-round pick in this year's draft to Hamilton for Cierre Wood, Denzell Perine, a fifth-round pick in this year's draft, and a sixth-round pick in this year's draft.[15]
  • Hamilton → Montreal (PD). Hamilton traded this selection, Cierre Wood, Denzell Perine, and a sixth-round pick in this year's draft to Montreal for Khalid Wooten, a fifth-round pick in this year's draft, and a sixth-round pick in this year's draft.[15]
  • Winnipeg → Edmonton (PD). Winnipeg traded a conditional seventh-round selection to Edmonton for Matt Nichols.[16] This later became a fifth-round selection after Nichols became Winnipeg's starting quarterback.

Round six

  • Toronto → Montreal (PD). Toronto traded this selection and a conditional pick in the 2018 CFL Draft to Montreal for S. J. Green.[17]
  • Montreal → Hamilton (PD). Montreal traded this selection, Khalid Wooten, and a fifth-round pick in this year's draft to Hamilton for Cierre Wood, Denzell Perine, a fifth-round pick in this year's draft, and a sixth-round pick in this year's draft.[15]
  • Hamilton → Montreal (PD). Hamilton traded this selection, Cierre Wood, Denzell Perine, and a fifth-round pick in this year's draft to Montreal for Khalid Wooten, a fifth-round pick in this year's draft, and a sixth-round pick in this year's draft.[15]

Round seven

Round eight

  • None

Conditional trades

  • Winnipeg → Hamilton (PD). Winnipeg traded a conditional selection to Hamilton for the negotiation list rights to Tajh Boyd.[19] The condition was not met and Winnipeg did not transfer their selection to Hamilton.

Forfeitures

  • Saskatchewan forfeits their third-round selection after selecting Kevin Francis in the 2016 Supplemental Draft.[20]

Draft order

Round one

Pick # CFL Team Player Position College
1 Winnipeg Blue Bombers (via Toronto[10]) Faith Ekakitie DL Iowa
2 Saskatchewan Roughriders Cameron Judge LB UCLA
3 BC Lions (via Montreal[9]) Daniel Vandervoort WR McMaster
4 Hamilton Tiger-Cats Connor McGough DL Calgary
5 Edmonton Eskimos Nathaniel Behar WR Carleton
6 Calgary Stampeders (via Winnipeg[11]) Randy Colling DL Gannon
7 BC Lions Junior Luke DL Montreal
8 Winnipeg Blue Bombers (via Calgary[11]) Geoff Gray OL Manitoba
9 Ottawa Redblacks Evan Johnson OL Saskatchewan

Round two

Pick # CFL Team Player Position College
10 Toronto Argonauts Mason Woods OL Idaho
11 Saskatchewan Roughriders Dariusz Bladek OL Bethune–Cookman
12 Montreal Alouettes Fabion Foote DT McMaster
13 Hamilton Tiger-Cats Braden Schram OL Calgary
14 Edmonton Eskimos Jean-Simon Roy OL Laval
15 Winnipeg Blue Bombers Qadr Spooner OL McGill
16 BC Lions Jeremy Zver OL Regina
17 Calgary Stampeders Julan Lynch WR Saskatchewan
18 Ottawa Redblacks Anthony Gosselin FB Sherbrooke

Round three

Pick # CFL Team Player Position College
19 Toronto Argonauts Evan Foster DL Manitoba
Saskatchewan Roughriders Forfeit pick[20]
20 Montreal Alouettes Dondre Wright DB Henderson State
21 Hamilton Tiger-Cats Kay Okafor DL St. Francis Xavier
22 Edmonton Eskimos Chris Mulumba LB Maine
23 Winnipeg Blue Bombers Abubakar Conteh DB Grambling State
24 BC Lions Frederic Chagnon LB Montreal
25 Calgary Stampeders Tunde Adeleke DB Carleton
26 Ottawa Redblacks Eli Ankou DL UCLA

Round four

Pick # CFL Team Player Position College
27 Toronto Argonauts Robert Woodson DB Calgary
28 Calgary Stampeders (via Saskatchewan[12]) Ante Milanovic-Litre RB Simon Fraser
29 Montreal Alouettes Alexander Morrison WR British Columbia
30 Saskatchewan Roughriders (via Hamilton[13]) Antony Auclair TE Laval
31 Edmonton Eskimos Jordan Hoover DB Waterloo
32 Saskatchewan Roughriders (via Montreal[14] via Winnipeg[10]) Eddie Meredith OL Western
33 BC Lions Nathaniel Hamlin DB Carleton
34 Winnipeg Blue Bombers (via Calgary[11]) Felix Menard-Briere K Montreal
35 Ottawa Redblacks Louis-Philippe Bourassa RB Montreal

Round five

Pick # CFL Team Player Position College
36 Toronto Argonauts Nakas Onyeka LB Wilfrid Laurier
37 Saskatchewan Roughriders Mitchell Picton WR Regina
38 Hamilton Tiger-Cats (via Montreal[15]) Justin Vaughn DL Fordham
39 Montreal Alouettes (via Hamilton[15]) Zach Annen OL Carleton
40 Edmonton Eskimos Justin Senior OL Mississippi State
41 Edmonton Eskimos (via Winnipeg[16]) Kwaku Boateng DL Wilfid Laurier
42 BC Lions Edward Godin DL Laval
43 Calgary Stampeders Felix Gacusana Jr. OL Simon Fraser
44 Ottawa Redblacks Mathieu Dupuis DL Montreal

Round six

Pick # CFL Team Player Position College
45 Montreal Alouettes (via Toronto[17]) Malcolm Carter WR Carleton
46 Saskatchewan Roughriders Danny Sprukulis OL Toronto
47 Hamilton Tiger-Cats (via Montreal[15]) Jacob Scarfone WR Guelph
48 Montreal Alouettes (via Hamilton[15]) Denzel Radford WR Calgary
49 Edmonton Eskimos Kwabena Asare OL Carleton
50 Winnipeg Blue Bombers Ian Marouf DL Guelph
51 BC Lions Dakota Brush WR Mount Allison
52 Calgary Stampeders Alexandre Gagnon DL Sherbrooke
53 Ottawa Redblacks Austen Hartley WR Calgary

Round seven

Pick # CFL Team Player Position College
54 Toronto Argonauts Justin Herdman LB Simon Fraser
55 Saskatchewan Roughriders Alexandre Chevrier LB Sherbrooke
56 Montreal Alouettes Ty Cranston DB Ottawa
57 Saskatchewan Roughriders (via Hamilton[10]) Emmanuel Adusei DT Carleton
58 Hamilton Tiger-Cats (via Edmonton[18]) Brett Golding OL Wilfrid Laurier
59 Winnipeg Blue Bombers Brendon Thera-Plamondon WR Calgary
60 BC Lions Jordan Herdman LB Simon Fraser
61 Calgary Stampeders Adam Laurensse DB Calgary
62 Ottawa Redblacks Ed Ilnicki RB Alberta

Round eight

Pick # CFL Team Player Position College
63 Toronto Argonauts Matthew Carson DL Calgary
64 Saskatchewan Roughriders Marc Claudé OL Montreal
65 Montreal Alouettes Oumar Toure TE Sherbrooke
66 Hamilton Tiger-Cats Sean Thomas-Erlington RB Montreal
67 Edmonton Eskimos Mark Mackie DL McMaster
68 Winnipeg Blue Bombers Tylor Henry WR Alberta
69 BC Lions Mitchell Hillis WR Saskatchewan
70 Calgary Stampeders Richard Sindani WR Regina
71 Ottawa Redblacks Jordan Filippelli OL Calgary

References

  1. ^ Marquee moments highlight 2017 CFL schedule in Canada's 150th year
  2. ^ 2017 CFL draft underway May 7th
  3. ^ a b CFL.ca (May 5, 2017). "2017 CFL draft resources". CFL.ca. 
  4. ^ CFL Draft expanded to seven rounds
  5. ^ Outgoing CFL commissioner Orridge will not be involved in draft
  6. ^ a b Senior headlines Central Scouting Bureau September Rankings, Canadian Football League, September 15, 2016, retrieved September 15, 2016 .
  7. ^ Senior tops final CFL Scouting Bureau Ranking, Canadian Football League, April 13, 2017, retrieved April 14, 2017 .
  8. ^ Auclair skyrockets December CFL Scouting Bureau September Rankings, Canadian Football League, December 8, 2016, retrieved December 8, 2016 .
  9. ^ a b Alouettes officially sign Vernon Adams
  10. ^ a b c d e Blue Bombers ship Willy to Argos; acquire Glenn in trade with Als
  11. ^ a b c d e Round 1 Recap: Surprises, star receivers headline eventful first 9 picks
  12. ^ a b Riders acquire DB Tevaughn Campbell in trade with Stamps
  13. ^ a b c Capicciotti, Gaydosh switch sides as Riders and Ticats deal
  14. ^ a b Alouettes acquire rights to Riders QB Darian Durant
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h Ticats, Als swap picks in late rounds of Sunday's draft
  16. ^ a b Bound for Bomberland: Esks trade Nichols for pick
  17. ^ a b Double Blue acquire SB SJ Green in trade with Als
  18. ^ a b Esks acquire veteran OL Simmons in trade with 'Cats
  19. ^ Bombers sign QB Tajh Boyd to practice roster
  20. ^ a b Justin Dunk (24 May 2016). "Riders grab receiver Kevin Francis in CFL Supplemental Draft". CFL.ca. 
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