2020 CFL Draft Odds Make Jordan Williams Favourite to go No.1

David Bastl | Updated Apr 29, 2020

Jordan Williams

Linebacker Jordan Williams is a fascinating guy, an explosive athlete and the favourite to go number one to the Calgary Stampeders.

As a three year starter with the East Carolina Pirates, Jordan Williams’ draft stock continues to improve and could plateau as the number one selection at Thursday’s CFL Draft. Currently at Sports Interaction he is the -375 favourite to go number one to the Calgary Stampeders.

2020 CFL Draft

Specials - 1st Overall Pick
  • Jordan Williams -500
  • Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund +140
  • Field (Anyone else) +650
  • Carter O'Donnell +1200
  • Mason Bennett +2500
  • Thomas Jack-Kurdyla +2800

Jordan Williams 2020 CFL Draft Odds

The 5-foot-11, 220 pound Linebacker was a relative unknown when he busted onto the scene at the regional Ontario combine posting the best 40-yard dash (4.48 seconds), 20 reps on the bench press, recorded a 10-foot, 8.5 inch broad jump and a 39 inch vertical.

Williams was born in North Carolina and played high school and college football in his home state. He qualifies as a National player because his mom is originally from Toronto.

With the Pirates he ranked among the program’s top two tacklers in consecutive seasons, but hasn’t played a meaningful game since the end of the 2017 season. In 2018, he had a tryout with the San Francisco 49ers and the following year the Redblacks offered Williams a practice roster spot after he attended a free-agent camp; he did not accept the offer.

He’s a great athlete,” said Stampeders President and General Manager John Hufnagel. “He’s a baller, he’ll play. He can run sideline to sideline. He’s an excellent prospect.”

Hufnagel will get a chance to select Williams on Thursday night, but he did say he’s open to trade offers from other clubs. Hufnagel and the Stampeders have narrowed down their options to 2-3 players.

TSN Football Analyst Duane Ford says, “Jordan Williams is a fascinating guy, an explosive athlete, as explosive an athlete as you’re gonna find at the linebacker position. He’s a guy because of his background people are gonna compare to Alex Singleton, a guy that was looked at as an American linebacker, until they found out he could get a Canadian citizenship and that’s what makes him eligible for this year’s draft. It’s his athleticism that separates him from other linebackers in his class.”

Of note, at age 25, Williams is one of the oldest players in the draft.