The Calgary Stampeders hold the number one overall pick in the 2020 CFL draft and Jordan Williams might be a good fit for the organization.
The CFL draft takes places on Thursday April 30 with the first two rounds – eight in total to follow in the days ahead. It is an offensive line heavy draft building the foundation of all CFL teams. Two names that would be sure fire first round picks were selected by NFL teams last week. Linebacker Neville Gallimore (Cowboys) and Chase Claypool (Steelers) both were drafted early and are expected to stay in the United States. Don’t be surprised if a couple of CFL teams select these players later in the draft, in case their NFL dreams don’t come to fruition.
1. Stampeders – LB Jordan Williams, East Carolina
The Stampeders acquired this first overall selection when they swapped first-round selections with the Redblacks as part of the deal that sent Nick Arbuckle to Ottawa.
The Stamps will be excited to select Jordan Williams in pencil him into the starting lineup. There isn’t a guarantee he’ll be in this spot because the Stampeders might select Williams with the number one pick. Williams is an explosive, athletic linebacker with tremendous speed. At the combine he ran a 4.48/40 yard dash. He’s a prototypical CFL linebacker and has been compared to Alex Singleton.
2. Argos – OL Ketel Asse, Laval
The Argos anchor their offensive line with Offensive Tackle Ketel Asse. The six-foot-seven, 300 pounder started every game for the Rouge et Or over the past three seasons en route to being named an all Canadian and his club captured the Vanier Cup in 2018.
3. Lions – Tomas Jack-Kurdyla, Buffalo
The BC Lions had all sorts of problems protecting Mike Reilly last season and strengthening the offensive line will be a high priority in this year’s draft. That’s where Tomas Jack-Kurdyla fits in nicely, so nice, there is a strong possibility he may start next season. The Montreal native spent time south of the border with the University of Buffalo Bulls. The six-foot-three, 300-pound Guard still may get a look from the NFL.
4. Eskimos – OT Carter O’Donnell, Alberta
The Eskimos saw plenty of this Alberta Golden Bear to take a flyer on him even though he will attend camp for the Indianapolis Colts. The six-foot-five Red Deer, Alberta native will give the NFL a major shot, but if it doesn’t work south of the border, it will work out north of the border. O’Donnell might be the steal of the draft for the Eskimos, but only time will tell. O’Donnell is said to be the best offensive line prospect in the last three years.
5. Tiger-Cats (via Alouettes) – DB Marc-Antonine Dequoy, Montreal
Coming off their best regular season (15-3) and an appearance in the Grey Cup the Tiger-Cats continue to reap the reward of trading Johnny Manziel to the Alouettes (Manziel no longer plays in the CFL). This selection is another piece the Tabbies received from the Alouettes courtesy of that trade. Even better, the Tiger-Cats hold the Alouettes first round pick, from that same trade, next year.
With this selection Hamilton will select likely Montreal Carabins defensive back Marc-Antonine Dequoy is a strong defender, but also a factor on special teams.
6. Redbacks (via Stampeders) – OL Mattland Riley, Saskatchewan
New Head Coach Paul LaPolice is an offensive style of coach and with you starter Nick Arbuckle under centre he’ll want to protect him. That’s where Melfort, Saskatchewan’s Mattland Riley fits in perfectly. Riley was named a first-team all Canadian this past season with the Saskatchewan Huskies. He’ll be a solid piece in Ottawa for years to come.
7. Roughriders – DL Mason Bennett, North Dakota
Bennett could be a ratio buster for the Roughriders this season. The six-foot-four, 260 pound Defensive Lineman recorded 128 tackles and made 31.5 tackles for losses with the North Dakota Fighting Hawks last season. Don’t be surprised to see the Winnipeg native play special teams for the green riders this year.
8. Tiger-Cats OL – Dylan Giffen, Western
Giffen is a little bit of a project at this spot, but what a project indeed. Standing six-foot-eight, 330 pounds Giffen will slowly be groomed as an offensive line anchor for the Tiger-Cats. He is Vanier Cup Champion with Western and has been compared to Stampeders all-star Guard Shane Bergman.
9. Argos (via Blue Bombers) – QB Nathan Rourke, Ohio
Rourke would be a sensational piece for the Argos to groom as a future starter. He’s a two-time Jon Cornish Trophy winner and has the skill set to flourish in the Canadian game. It’s extremely rare to see a pivot go this high on draft day, but Rourke could be the next great Canadian Quarterback to eventually start in the CFL.